You're at an airport, and you've got a long layover between flights. How would you like to duck into your own little pod – right at the terminal – complete with a comfy bed, a little desk and lots of free electronic perks?
Or maybe you'd like to wile away the hours at polo matches, volleyball tournaments or surfing competitions (again, right at the airport). Or perhaps browsing around airport shops where the prices are cheaper than in the downtown shops (Swiss watches and other upscale brands are a real bargain). How about joining 600 beer drinkers belting out choruses of “Ein Prosit” at an authentic Bavarian beer garden in the middle of the terminal?
These are among a long slate of perks and attractions enjoyed by over 38 million travelers a year passing through Germany's award-winning Munich Airport, the world's 12th busiest terminal and a major Lufthansa hub.
Keeping all those passengers up to speed on flight schedules, arrival and departure gates and where to find what is made a lot easier at the airport, thanks to its proprietary “InfoGates.” There, visitors simply push a button to be connected immediately to an information service rep for a real-time video dialogue on life-sized screens.
Twelve InfoGate counters are positioned in the public and non-public areas of the airport. In addition, visitors can use 27 “Interactive InfoGates” at key crossroads around the terminals featuring touch screens offering info on everything from airport shopping and dining services to custom-made directions to a passenger's desired gate.
Among seasonal treats, the Munich Airport will again stage its month-long Christmas winter market starting in late November. Some 45 market stands under the roof of the Airport Center will offer old-world Bavarian specialties and handicrafts amid “the tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, sausages and gingerbread.” Adding to the holiday ambiance will be an ice-skating rink in the center of the marketplace surrounded by 300 real Christmas trees.