First Impressions: Munich International Airport
Munich International Airport, Germany
Terminal 2 of the Munich International Airport offers all travelers free coffee, tea and newspapers. Does any airport in the States do that?
Terminal 2 of Munich International Airport is spotless. The gates, the transit areas, the restrooms – clean. No spills, no trash, no frayed surfaces.
Rows of Lufthansa planes in the carrier’s dramatic blue, white and gold livery.
The terminal relies on modern lines to suggest its prosperousness. The new East Asian airports, by contrast, tend to rely on high ceilings enclosing massive spaces.
An international airport is an ambassador, the first experience visitors have in a country. Munich airport communicates that Germany is a country of order and wealth with a taste for art and design. LAX tells visitors that the United States is dirty, understaffed and designed by a low bidder who knew someone on the City Council.