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New Munich runway plans submitted

by Matt Falcus

Approval is being sought for a third runway at Munich Airport in Germany. The necessary requests have been made and the plan itself approved by the relevant authorities. Now it will go through all of the planning proceedings, where objections are likely to be raised.

The new runway will be parallel to the existing two, situated to the north. It will allow the airport – already the second busiest in Germany – to expand further and reduce congestion. For travellers in southern Germany as well as parts of Austria, France and Switzerland, Munich is a vital resource away from Frankfurt and Lufthansa has realised this by steadily growing its route network.

Local industry is naturally pleased with the plans, but local residents face extra noise and pollution, as well as loss of land.



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