LONDON – Munich Airport (MUC) and German national carrier Lufthansa are continuing their already successful relationship. This week the news has been announced that they plan to sign a letter of intent (LOI) that will support further development of their goal to make Munich Airport more sustainable.
A long running partnership
The long running partnership between the two spawned in the late 1990’s, when they joined up to construct and operate Terminal 2, to help support the increase in airport traffic that was being realised at the time.
From there, both parties have developed a harmonious and collaborative relationship that has helped to put Munich at the forefront of the European transport network.
Jost Lammers, Chief Executive Officer of Munich Airport said this: “We went through the hard times of the COVID-19 pandemic together with Lufthansa and we will return to our former strength together.”
“With our shared goals of sustainability, innovation, digitalisation, and the persistent enhancement of Munich Airport as a premium hub, we will successfully continue this strategic partnership.”
The letter of intent outlines commitments from both parties to a shared sustainability strategy. It endeavours to be executed alongside projects to make the airport a bigger, more efficient transport hub, that will be built around its forecasted needs for the future.
As with a lot of airports in this day and age, digitalisation will be at the forefront of its methods. Smart passenger handling and automated handling processes will look to be introduced to make the travellers life easier and more efficient as they pass through the terminals.
Both parties see the above infrastructure and strategy improvements as a ‘must do’ if they want to ensure they increase how competitive they are in the market. With these implementations, it will keep both the airport and carrier competitive in the years to come.
One project that is set to be planned in includes; improving and speeding up rail links from the airport with Stefan Kreuzpainter, CCO of Lufthansa saying: “Our partnership with Munich Airport can definitely be described as unique.”
“Together, we will continue to take on and meet the challenges of the aviation industry. Sustainability is one of the top issues. This includes better rail links – not only to reach the airport quickly and conveniently, but also to make a vital contribution to climate change mitigation,”
The climate and sustainability goals makes up the main components of the letter of intent. Back in 2016 it was agreed that Munich Airport would be operated on a CO2 neutral basis by 2030 at the latest.
Albert Füracker, the Bavarian Minister of Finance has said this as both companies endeavour to make the target a reality:
“We are working hard towards this ambitious climate target with a wide range of measures – and are well on the way to achieving it. I am very pleased that Munich Airport, as Bavaria’s gateway to the world, is leading the way together with its strong partner Lufthansa and serving as a role model.”