On November 3rd, 1980 the time had come: construction work for the new Munich Airport began in Erdinger Moos. But after just five months they were stopped again. The Bavarian Administrative Court (VGH) ordered a construction freeze on April 16, 1981, by revoking the "immediate enforceability" of the planning approval decision.
Main reasoning of the court: Too much land is being used for the new airport. After revising the planning and reducing the area required from 2050 hectares to 1387 hectares, Flughafen München GmbH applied for a change to the planning approval decision. After the documents in the communities around the new airport had again been displayed for comments, the government of Upper Bavaria issued the plan amendment decision in May 1984. On this basis, the Bavarian Administrative Court lifted the construction freeze on March 8, 1985. Construction work on the new Munich Airport resumed on December 19, 1985 - after a delay of around four years.
Until the new airport goes into operation, Flughafen München GmbH in Munich-Riem tries to make ends meet as well as possible. Because air traffic also experienced an enormous upswing in the 80s - in 1985 the number of passengers exceeded the 8 million mark. To alleviate the worst bottlenecks, a separate terminal for charter passengers was opened in November 1988. A provisional solution, like so many things now at the once modern Munich-Riem Airport.