The rail tunnel that ended at Munich Airport's Terminal 2 satellite building has been extended eastward to allow trains and S-Bahn light rail services to pass through the airport. Munich Airport is spending a total of EUR 115 million on the construction work. After ground was broken three years ago, the shell is now finished. The extension will provide a better connection between the airport and southern and eastern Bavaria as well as the Salzburg region.
At 61,000 square meters, the excavation covered around the same total area as five soccer fields. During construction, 390,000 cubic meters of soil (around 26,000 truckloads) were shifted and roughly 150,000 cubic meters of concrete installed. Approximately 16,000 metric tons of reinforcing steel were used to build the tunnel, amounting to one and a half times the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
Airport CEO Jost Lammers spoke of the "proverbial light at the end of the tunnel." “Improved connections between Munich Airport and the railroad network are absolutely crucial to the future development of Munich Airport. They will be good for passenger convenience as well as for combating climate change. The more travelers arrive at our airport by train, the lower the harmful emissions produced by feeder traffic,” said Lammers.