Munich Airport (Flughafen München), is located 28.5 km northeast of Munich, Germany. It lies nearby the old city of Freising and is named in memory of politician Franz Josef Strauss.
The airport is located on the territory of four different municipalities: Oberding (location of the terminals; district of Erding), Hallbergmoos, Freising and Marzling (district of Freising)
Between 1995 and 2006, passenger numbers doubled from under 15 million per annum to over 30 million, despite the impact of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and 2002. In 1996, the airport overtook Düsseldorf as Germany’s second busiest airport and now handles almost twice as many passengers as the country’s third busiest airport. Munich Airport is Lufthansa’s second base in Germany after Frankfurt.
Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic behind Frankfurt Airport, and the seventh busiest airport in Europe, handling 34,721,605 million people in 2010. It is the world's 13th busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, and was the 30th busiest airport in the world in 2009. In 2011 Munich Airport was named the Best Airport in Europe and the fourth-best in the world by Skytrax, the Air Transport Research Company. Munich Airport has already won the title of "Europe´s Best Airport" last year and four years in a row from 2005 to 2008.