Munich Airport in Germany is to add a third runway in order to cope with the increase in passenger traffic.
Managing director Michael Kerkloh told Handelsblatt that the airport was in "urgent need" of a third runway, as traffic at the airport is rising rapidly. "There are fewer and fewer time slots to fulfil airlines’ requests for additional takeoff and landing opportunities," he said.
The paper explained that the new runway would allow the maximum number of take-offs and landings in an hour to rise to 120 from its current rate of 90, and would be complete in 2011.
Munich Airport has seen an increase to 34 million passengers a year in 2007, although growth is continuing. "Without the third runway, the limit will be reached at 40 million passengers," Mr Kerkloh said.
The airport was named Best Airport in Europe for the third consecutive year in Skytrax World Airport Awards 2007 and fourth best worldwide. It operates routes to Edinburgh, London Stansted and London Heathrow airports in the UK.