July 26, 2011 / 2:50 PM / 8 years ago

Munich airport's third runway gets district go-ahead

FRANKFURT, July 26 (Reuters) - A German district government ruled on Tuesday that Munich airport can add a third runway, a move which will expand passenger capacity at the Lufthansa hub.

The district of Upper Bavaria said estimates of future traffic growth showed the additional runway was necessary, though it would only allow operations between 6 a.m and 10 p.m. to cut noise pollution at night.

In addition, the owners of about 100 houses near the airport would have the right to sell their properties to the airport’s operator for the market value they had in 2007.

Munich is home to Germany’s second-biggest airport after Frankfurt, with annual passenger numbers of about 35 million.

According to Munich airport, about 90 percent of long-haul flights to and from Germany pass through Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa and German airlines association BDF said they welcomed the decision. (Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by David Holmes)

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