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Construction approval for Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport

Approval has been granted for a planning application submitted by Fraport AG to build a state-of-the-art Terminal 3 on the southern area of Frankfurt Airport - Germany's busiest gateway.

The development will see construction of a modular design building at Europe’s third busiest gateway, with the first phase construction of a central terminal building with two gates and a terminal with a capacity of 14mppa.

Fraport AG says it expects the first phase of Terminal 3 will cost about €2 billion, and work is set to start next year, with completion by 2021, and adds the project is crucial to the airport’s long-term future.

Dr Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG, explains: “We are pleased that the City of Frankfurt has now issued the building permit for our new Terminal 3. In particular, I would like to extend special thanks to Fraport’s construction planning experts for their excellent job and to the City of Frankfurt’s building supervisory authority, which once again has demonstrated its expertise and professionalism in dealing with highly complex construction projects.”

The operator adds all current forecasts are for sustainable growth in Frankfurt, and the long-term traffic forecast by the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure (BMVI) until 2030 is for air transport growth of about 2.5% per year, and air transport will be the fastest growing mode of transport in Germany.


Fraport AG says growth at Frankfurt Airport was in the past years due to its strong international position with an average of 3% and the current trend indicates that by the end of 2014 passenger growth will be 2-3%.

Based on these developments, the future traffic capacity in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are expected to be exhausted in 2020 at the latest, and its current maximum capacity is 64-68 million travellers.

Dr Schulte continues: “We will now examine this estimate further, using detailed forecasts. On this basis, we will be able to assess requirements for future terminal capacity. The deciding factor is that we will continue to be able to provide our passengers with the necessary capacity and a wide range of flight connections with the best possible services and processes.

"German companies are very successful on the global market, which secures and creates jobs and prosperity in Germany. Prerequisites for this success are direct, fast and reliable flight connections to the rest of the world.

"This is the role of Frankfurt Airport for the region, the State of Hesse and Germany as a whole. Thus, demand-driven expansion of capacities – as already provided for in the earlier zoning decision – is essential.”


The first phase will see two gates constructed with 24 docking positions for aircraft, and when fully completed, Terminal 3 will have a total of 50 aircraft docking positions, and the terminal building design will focus on a high-energy efficiency standard.

The technical system concept will be designed, so it can supply external heat energy, and the cooling energy required, will be generated mainly through renewable energy.

As part of the development, Terminal 3 will be linked to Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the train stations and the baggage handling system will be expanded along with the Sky Line passenger transfer system, while the new terminal will have an additional freeway access built and a private parking area.

Frankfurt Airport handled 27.8 million passengers in the first six months of 2014 a rise of 2.4% year-on-year.

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