Online archive of the old Munich-Riem Airport

For almost 53 years, Riem Airport was the international airport of the Bavarian capital, Munich.

In the 640 months between opening and closing on May 16, 1992, around 250 million air passengers, 900,000 tons of air freight and 330,000 tons of air mail were handled with 4 million flight movements.

Munich-Riem Airport

For almost 53 years, Riem Airport was the international airport of the Bavarian capital, Munich. In the 19197 days between opening and closing on May 16, 1992, around 250 million air passengers, 900,000 tons of air freight and 330,000 tons of air mail were handled with 4 million flight movements.

Riem Airport, which opened in 1939, was one of the most modern airports in the world at the time. Even at that time, Munich was a real hub for flights to the south and southeast. On April 9, 1945, the airport facilities were almost completely destroyed by bombing.

Flughafen München-Riem GmbH was founded on October 12, 1949. In the same year, a new 1900-meter-long runway was created from Betton. This laid the foundation for a rapid upward trend that began with 28,970 passengers in 1949. Ten years later, the runway at Munich Airport had to be extended to 2,600 meters in order to meet the requirements of the age of jet traffic. With the jet age, the number of passengers grew rapidly.

As early as 1954, options were examined to further expand Riem Airport and equip it with a second runway. Not least because of the air accidents in 1958 and 1960, the expansion of the old airport was refused and on August 5, 1969 the decision was made to build a new airport in Erdinger Moos.

23 years after this decision, Munich Airport moved to Erdinger Moos overnight in 1992. The old airport facility in Riem was initially used as an event location and flea market in the years after its closure. From 1994 the new exhibition center and the exhibition center of Riem were built on the old airport site. Today only the tower, the grandstand and the coat of arms hall remind of the old Riem Airport - which were placed under monument protection in 1995: Remains of the old Munich-Riem Airport

News about Munich and Riem Airports

Relaunch des Online-Archiv

Relaunch of the online archive

In 2011 I started to build the online archive. Visually and technically, the archive is unfortunately quickly out of date due to the fast pace of the Internet and it was time for a new coat of paint. So I have the holidays between December 2018 and ...

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3. Startbahn für München?

3. Runway for Munich?

As the private operator of the Munich Airport Online Archive, I focus on the history of Munich Airport and less on the present. Because an archive mainly consists of the past and less of the future. Out...

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Historisch geladen – auch für Riem

Historically charged - also for Riem

On November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall was just one of the many other historic events on November 9th. Beginning and end of Riem Airport - on November 9th And also for Riem Airport on November 9th, ...

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Berlins Boeing 707

Berlin's Boeing 707

In 1960 the Boeing 707-400 D-ABOC was christened "Berlin" by Willi Brandt, today the good piece stands on the edge of Tegel Airport and rots there. We clarify why and what the D-ABOC "Berlin" has to do with Munich Airport. Historic start into ...

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