Munich Airport International expands activities in the USA
Agreement with Munich Airport International (MAI)a major milestone in development of new world-class terminal.In a major step forward in the development of a new world-class airport, the Port Authority has reached agreement with EWR Terminal One LLC, a 100% subsidiary of Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI), to operate and maintain the $2.7 billion Terminal One now under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
MAI will operate as EWR Terminal One LLC and oversee operations, maintenance and concession functions once the terminal is completed. Terminal One is replacing the outmoded Terminal A and is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022. The new operating company EWR Terminal One LLC also will be making short-term customer enhancements in Terminal A until that terminal is closed.
Munich Airport, operated by MAI’s parent company Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), has been awarded the title “Europe’s Best Airport” by Skytrax for the 12th time over the past 14 years. In addition to the Newark project, MAI is involved locally with a joint venture (Reach Airports) that will manage the new Terminal One project at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“We wanted to bring a world leader in customer service and concession management to Newark Liberty, and MAI fits the bill,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “New Jersey travelers deserve world-class service and the brand new Terminal One will improve the travel experience for Garden State residents and visitors while creating new jobs and business opportunities in the region.”
“The Port Authority is committed to providing best-in-class facility standards and a level of global best practices that our passengers demand,” Executive Director Rick Cotton said. “Our partnership with Munich Airport International allows us to deliver on that promise of operational excellence.”
“We look forward to working with the Port Authority on this exciting project, and to bringing world-class operations, services and amenities to the new Terminal One,” said Dr. Ralf Gaffal, Managing Director of Munich Airport International.
Terminal One will feature cutting-edge digital technology, superior dining and retail options in about one million square feet of space, about 20 percent larger than Terminal A. It will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels.
The new terminal will have 33 common-use gates – five more than at Terminal A – to handle larger aircraft and modernized check-in, security and baggage claim areas. Terminal One is the state’s largest design-build project, expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages.
FMG (Flughafen München GmbH), incorporated in 1949, operates Munich Airport, which opened at its present site on May 17, 1992. It is jointly owned by the Free State of Bavaria (51 percent), the Federal Republic of Germany (26 percent) and the city of Munich (23 percent). The FMG corporate group, with its 21 subsidiaries, employs approximately 10,000 people. With a total workforce of more than 38,000, employed by about 520 companies, Munich Airport is one of Bavaria’s largest workplaces.
Within just a few years of opening, Munich Airport developed into a major air transportation hub and was firmly established as one of Europe’s 10 busiest airports. Munich Airport now offers connections to more than 250 destinations all over the world. In 2018 Bavaria’s gateway to the world has handled approximately 413,000 flights with 46.3 million passengers. Bavaria’s gateway to the world became the first – and is so far the only – airport in Europe to be honored with the prestigious title of »5-Star Airport« by the London-based Skytrax Institute.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Munich Airport’s operating company FMG, MAI is responsible for all national and international consultancy, management and training services. The 80 experts at MAI provide full airport lifecycle services, including planning/design, project management, operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT), operation management, commercial development, process reengineering, profit and revenue optimization, tailor-made training services and comprehensive airport management. Apart from airlines, customers include airports, governments, construction companies and various consultancies.