Frankfurt Airport yesterday opened its new Pier A-Plus – the €700 million facility effectively raising the gateway's capacity by six million passengers per annum.
Located at the western end of Terminal 1, the 800-metre pier has been specifically designed to handle A380s, B747s and other aircraft operated by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners.
"The new Pier A-Plus represents a quantum leap in Fraport's strategy to secure the competitiveness and future capabilities of Frankfurt Airport," said Fraport's executive board chairman, Dr Stefan Schulte.
"We've created additional space for up to six million passengers per year. This extra capacity will allow us to meet traffic growth expected in the coming years and to strengthen our role as one of the world's leading aviation hubs.
"This terminal expansion also sets new standards for the travel experience of our passengers and for terminal management. Our guests from around the world will benefit from advanced handling facilities and a wide range of shops and restaurants.
"Also, easier transferring between short-haul and long-haul flights will result in enhanced comfort of our customers."
Lufthansa CEO, Christoph Franz, said: "I am convinced that Pier A-Plus will be well appreciated by our guests. Five new lounges and the latest technology set new standards. With Pier A-Plus, our FRA home base is again at the forefront among Europe's major hub airports.
"This is good news for the German aviation industry and the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region, which particularly benefits from the Germany's biggest airport."
Covering a total floor areao of 185,000sqm, Pier A-Plus was the largest above-ground construction project at Frankfurt Airport since the opening of Terminal 2 in 1994.