Munich’s third runway cleared for take off

Munich Airport has welcomed the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, in which the court has now dismissed the six outstanding complaints filed by the environmental group Bund Naturschutz Bayern and five private individuals. The plaintiffs had filed motions with the Leipzig court following the rejection of their appeals in the administrative proceedings on the construction permit for the airport’s third runway.


Munich Airport has welcomed the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, in which the court has now dismissed the six outstanding complaints filed by the environmental group Bund Naturschutz Bayern and five private individuals. The plaintiffs had filed motions with the Leipzig court following the rejection of their appeals in the administrative proceedings on the construction permit for the airport’s third runway.

In a previous ruling on February 17, 2015, the court had already rejected motions filed by the district and city of Freising and the municipalities of Berglern, Eitting, Oberding and Fahrenzhausen. With the latest ruling, the court has now rejected all motions filed in connection with rejected appeals.

Commenting on the news, Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Munich Airport said: “Today’s decision means that our construction permit can no longer be contested, which now gives us legal certainty for this vital expansion project. Ten years after the launch of the project, the highest German administrative court has now issued a final ruling, stating that our plans meet all relevant requirements in terms of project planning and under the law.”

For Kerkloh the conclusion of the court proceedings is a decisive milestone en route to the third runway: “Now the final decision on the realisation of this urgently needed capacity expansion project rests with our three shareholders.