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

Who was the last now?

According to FMG and the media, the last machine from Riem Airport is said to have been the "Freising". In the search for the much quoted Lufthansa pilot Michael Sikora, I have now come across a disagreement. All media reported that the ...

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Bildband über den alten Flughafen München Riem

Photo book about the old Munich Riem Airport

Last week Barbara Grilz published her illustrated book "Once Upon a Time - Memories of an Airport" with a total of 70 black and white photos, some of which were unpublished, and 18 stories they experienced. The book is now in a limited edition ...

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Photos from Bertram Luftbildverlag arrived.

A month ago we were invited to the Luftbildverlag to inspect the archive and now the first 42 of 147 images have arrived. In order not to strain you unnecessarily, here is the preview of the UNEDIT images - currently still with watermark ...

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Those were the times…

Last Thursday evening we went to Memmingen - to the Hans Bertram publishing house. Managing director Patrick Kisel had invited to rummage in the archive of the Luftbildverlag for photos of the Riem airport. Some of you would also like to ...

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Flughafen-Riem-Strasse in Munich

Munich gets an Flughafen-Riem-Straße in Trudering-Riem: Lt. Decision of November 17, 2011 of the municipal department of the state capital Munich, the approx. 500 m long street south of the U2 stop Messestadt West in Trudering-Riem "Flughafen-Riem-Straße" ...

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