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

Birthday: 65 years of Flughafen München GmbH

Today FMG (Flughafen München GmbH) is 65 years old - Happy Birthday! On October 12, 1949, the company was founded by the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian capital of Munich as "Flughafen München-Riem Gesellschaft mbH" with a share capital of 20,000 DM ...

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Munich-Riem Airport for X-Plane

Markus and Texasstyle67 ported the FS2004 scenery of the old Munich airport in Riem for the flight simulator X-Plane. Preview on Youtube The makers present their work on Youtube and I am of the opinion that it was done very, very well ...

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45 years ago: Munich Airport closed

August is the holiday season - of course not for an airport. This is also not the case for Munich-Riem Airport, or more precisely its runway. And yet the airport had to be closed: The runway of Munich Airport had to be ...

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30 years ago today ...

After a hot summer day exactly 30 years ago, on the evening of July 12, 1984, shortly after 8:00 p.m., deep black thunderclouds suddenly appeared over Munich from the west. Immediately afterwards, squalls with wind force 11 set in, and the temperature falls within ...

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30 years ago: Concorde landed in Munich

30 years ago, the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101/102 - Concorde for short - landed at the former Munich airport in Riem. The Concorde was only once at the Riem airport and so this event attracted hundreds of spectators to the airport fences. On the occasion of ...

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Landed in Riem myself today

I now live near Passau, so it's always something special for me when I'm in Munich again. This afternoon I unexpectedly had some time and so I went looking for the remains of Munich-Riem Airport ...

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