Munich vote deals blow to Lufthansa

Sunday vote is new blow to airlines in Europe’s biggest economy

People living in Munich have voted against the development of a third runway at Germany’s second-biggest airport. The vote yesterday was a close call, with 54% voting against and 45.7% voting for according to preliminary results, but it represents a further blow to airlines trying to grow in Europe’s biggest economy. Airlines including Lufthansa and Air Berlin have already been hit by a ban on night flights at the country’s biggest airport, Frankfurt, as well as by delays to the opening of Berlin’s new airport.
“The fact that a relative majority of Munich residents voted against the construction of a third takeoff and landing strip shows how difficult it has become to make clear the significance of important infrastructure projects in our country,” Michael Kerkloh, MUC CEO, commented.
Airport expansion in Munich would have created around 11,000 new jobs, the airport says. Lufthansa called the outcome “regrettable” and said it may move investments elsewhere.
[pictured: Munich Airport Terminal 2, Apron East; copyright FMG]