In a stunning logistical tour de force, the operations of Munich Airport were moved from the former site of Munich-Riem to Erdinger Moos literally overnight on May 17, 1992. Today, the city's Franz Josef Strauss Airport connects the metropolitan region to 242 direct destinations in 68 countries on every continent.
Nearly 100 airlines carried a total of 38.7 million passengers and 285,000 tons of freight on 380,000 take-offs and landings in 2013. This figures single the Bavarian capital out as Germany's second-largest airport, after Frankfurt/Main. In its capacity as an international hub, Munich Airport handles 39 percent transit passengers. Passenger ranking lists give it a highly impressive seventh position in Europe and 30th position in the world.
At the 2013 World Airport Awards, Munich Airport was once again crowned the best airport in Central Europe. Worldwide, it achieved sixth slot in the latest survey conducted by Skytrax, an independent London-based aviation research institute, in which more than twelve million passengers participated.
Three quarters of all the people who live in the Munich Metropolitan Region can get to Munich Airport by car within 60 minutes. Four out of ten passengers use public transport, with the journey from Munich city center to the airport taking about 40 minutes. In the coming years, the airport's links to the rail network will be further improved. This will reduce the time it takes for passengers and visitors to get to the airport, increase the rail service frequency and reduce outages.