Short summary (translation): Since Frankfurt airport cannot handle more flights with the existing infrastructure, it has lost its second place among Europe's largest airports to Paris-CDG. FRA lacks an additional runway, and - according to CEO Wilhelm Bender - several airlines have had to be rejected.
A new runway is planned to be operational by 2009 - but resistance is severe. It seems MUC will benefit even more in the future if a fourth runway faces more delays.
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 20 Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4060 times:
Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 3): If it has a problem with shortage now, how will it ever handle the 10 or 15 A380s LH has ordered?
The A380 is supposed to give relief to restricted airports by reducing frequency in favor of capacity. At least it allows to substitute a smaller plane by a bigger one to increase capacity with constant frequency.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 26 Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
But ultimately FRA has a problem due to its situation allowing literally nor major expansion.
CDG has 300 Ha of reserve land...
German bureaucracy is at it's best when it comes to runway -and airport constructions..(Berlin Airport, slots in DUS,new runway in Frankfurt,Finkenwerder,NUE highway access etc..)
Planning-cycles of 10-12 years are typical without guarantee to succeed..
LH will find relieve by using A380's in FRA ,but space is becomming a premium comodity and MUC,HAM,LEJ and CGN will benefit from Frankfurt's tight position.
DAL767400ER From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 5721 posts, RR: 50 Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3956 times:
That's the joy of having too many tree huggers in Germany.
"What, you want to take down these trees for a new runway? Not gonna happen, trees are living creatures as well. And planes are evil anyway" .
If it was up to me, I'd probably decide to go to the forest where the runway is to be located, and with the help of a nice flamethrower take care of the whole problem (including tree huggers trying to protect the trees) .
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 26 Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3905 times:
Actually the Bio-mass in Europe is increasing by the years...
In France the forest-capacity and surface has increased by 15 % over the last 35 years.It might look disturbing to bring down trees close to the Frankfurt-airport,but trees grow relatively fast in german forest. Their action as re-generator for oxygen and pollution-cleaner is quite active in central Europe and will increase with the change in climate..
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6183 posts, RR: 79 Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 8): German bureaucracy is at it's best when it comes to runway -and airport constructions..(Berlin Airport, slots in DUS,new runway in Frankfurt,Finkenwerder,NUE highway access etc..)
Not only bureaucracy. Many people move close to airports, enjoy cheap real estate prices and an attractive job market but then suddenly start to complain about noise and pollution and support action opposition groups...
Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 12): Ah yes, frequency restrictions ... it's all a scheme to force A380 purchases.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3488 times:
Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 16): FRA has good rail links, maybe more of the shorter flights can be replaced by the high speed ICE trains?
LH officials have been quoted on occasion that they'd like to move the majority of domestic flights below 50 or 60 minutes duration to ICEs travelling with LH flightnumbers; my trains to Essen and back from Köln this past weekend both had LH flightnumbers as well.
You don't gain any time when flying from CGN to FRA over taking the train, even from DUS it should be, at best, equal if not still faster by train... and I think STR to FRA doesn't have much of an advantage in the air either...
BoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3462 times:
Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 16): Exactly the reason why the idea of using smaller aircraft like the 787 with higher frequency isn't always appropriate.
Using a jumbo or super jumbo isn't always appropriate either.
If you were flying from FRA to DTW, which would you rather do: Fly an A380 to JFK, change planes and go to DTW, or take an A330 nonstop? When the A380 enters service I doubt that LH will give up their nonstop A330 service to DTW, in order to relieve congestion in FRA.
Quoting Leskova (Reply 18): You don't gain any time when flying from CGN to FRA over taking the train, even from DUS it should be, at best, equal if not still faster by train...
And what equipment is used on those flights? A320s and 737s? Eliminating some of these flights will free up room for the 787.
Scoliodon From India, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3422 times:
Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 10): If it was up to me, I'd probably decide to go to the forest where the runway is to be located, and with the help of a nice flamethrower take care of the whole problem (including tree huggers trying to protect the trees)
Hahaha..good one man!!
And the irony is, the same treehuggers would have boarded a dozen flights @ FRA to attend "Save our world from Airplanes" conferences.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4685 posts, RR: 47 Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3349 times:
This is not real "new" news - FRA has had these problems for at least the last seven or eight years. While there are -in theory - a few slots available, these lie during totally unattractive times of the day. All interesting time periods are already taken and will remain occupied unless a carrier goes belly-up.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3295 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3305 times:
Which airlines have been rejected ?
As Frankfurt-Hahn is managed by Fraport, the solution is in !!! An extensive use of this so-called cargo and low-cost airfield and that's it
I know things aren't as easy as that, but, let's say, small charter airlines operating just two or three flights a week could be shifted to HHN allowing more slots for major airlines at FRA.
Skyman From Germany, joined May 2006, 494 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3258 times:
Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 23): two or three flights a week could be shifted to HHN
Do you know where Hahn is? In the middle of nowhere and no train going there either.
Quoting Columba (Reply 17):
Only Berlin will not, typical - Berlin is always running behind..............
Berlin is running behind but don't underestimate it. Traffic is growing there. The biggest mistake that they want to do is closing Tempelhof (EDDI). I would use it as a government and bizz airport. Otherwise BBI will have slot problems before even starting.
München will be the big winner. They already making plans for the third runway now. Which is also needed.
25 DAL767400ER: They actually had those plans from the get-go in 1992, but so far the additional capacity was not needed, though that will likely change soon. Plus,
26 Skyman: Concerning the capacity at Mï¿½nchen a third runway would help a lot. During peak times they got problems now and the peak times are getting more a
27 Keesje: It is all one big European conspiracy to challenge Boeings point to point vs VLA vision!
28 Humberside: Weren't Belavia meant to be starting HHN flights because they couldn't expand at FRA. Did these ever happen? I would keep ithow it is now. I dont see
29 PlaneHunter: Who ever has suggested that LH would give up existing nonstops? The A380 can help to increase capacity on certain routes without filling additional s
30 BoomBoom: Certainly not me, I think mid-size jets are the future. When I was last in DTW I waiting for a commuter flight and could look across at the internati
31 StuckInCA: In my opinion this would be great! As a passenger, I'm even willing to pay a premium to transfer at MUC or ZRH over FRA.
32 PlaneHunter: What's so special about all that? DTW is NW's transatlantic hub, AF connects two large SkyTeam hubs and LH connects a major American metropolis to it
33 Incitatus: Next will be London Heathrow will lose the top stop among European airports to CDG.
34 Intothinair: I wouldn't be surprised if this happens, on top of that i would expect the likes of HKG and BKK to overtake FRA over the next 2-3 years interms of pa
35 Dutchjet: Thats a good question......exactly which airlines have been unable to commence service at FRA? Three comments: 1. Look for LH to further grow the Mun
36 Leskova: If LH continues relocating passengers from the air onto trains within Germany, the option of sending two A321s in place of one A300 on routes where y
37 OldAeroGuy: The above statements are true only if the wake vortex related separation distances are unchanged from those currently used for the A346/773ER/744. If
38 BA787: Is lhr in the same position as FRA on the Capacity and green peace front lol
39 Skyman: Even if we have to add a mile for vortex separation it is still a lot better than an additional aircraft. At least six miles on the final more work,
40 4xRuv: depends on which aircraft youre talking about..., becuase if instead of 6 A380 you have 7 744s, i think you'd go with the second option
41 HAJFlyer: Yes, wouldn´t that be ironic if ZRH whose growth has be obstructed by arbitrary, protectionist and possibly illegal German airspace restrictions wer
42 Skyman: Why? Even if mileage would come out the same you need one less gate.
43 4xRuv: 1.Diversity of destinations. 2. 744 official turnaround time - 60 min. 380 official turnaround time - 90 min. so the gate number is not a factor. mor
44 PlaneHunter: No carrier turns a B744 around in 60 minutes for a longhaul flight. PH
45 OldAeroGuy: Depends on what the choke point is. Is it runways slot or gate slots? Since the discussion started with the second runway issue, it sounds like runwa