Crank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1556 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6627 times:
FRA isn't the biggest, ATL is the biggest in terms of traffic, last time I checked guiness record book it said that it's an airport (airport King something) somewhere in Middle East, Saudi Arabia I think with about 220 square kilometers
CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 951 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6565 times:
UAL_777_Pilot, I think he was referring to size and not trafic or passenger wise in terms of size. I believe that Denver is bigger then Atlanta in that repect, but in terms of passengers and traffic, it is clear that ATL is much larger
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6490 times:
As concerns traffic, the answer was already given, as concerns sheer size, FRA is way behind a lot of other airports. But, working in FRA and using the airport 3-4 times per week, I can assure you it is a big advantage!!
You don't have to travel halfway through the country to reach any given gate. Train and car connection is great, it takes 11 minutes by commuter train to reach Frankfurt City. So, to get back to your question, Frankfurt is definitely not the largest airport worldwide in whatever aspect, not even close. But I find it very well organized, which, in the end, is all that counts.
UAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6455 times:
Yes , I am actually a real life UAL 777 pilot! I love every moment of it , and I would encourage any of you young kids that want to be a pilot to go for it . I have been a pilot for 20 years , I started in 1981 with delta , I was unhappy with delta and in 1985 moved to UAL . I have been with them for 16 years , Its my favorite airline. Also I have piloted ORD-FRA-ORD many times , FRA is a small airport in terms of "land" but ranks #5 in the world for "traffic" FRA only has 2 main line runways , they want to add a third , but the surrounding community , and Germany in general are opposed to this idea , because they say that FRA pollutes enough already , and they dont like the airplane , because it pollutes to much . Also FRA wants to add another terminal , this terminal would expand LH's slots at FRA . Germans are opposed to this idea also . I hope this answers your question!
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6445 times:
a main line runway? You probably mean runways north and south. Does that make runway west a non-main line runway, because it is only available for take-off, but not for landings?
btw: The extension of Rhein-Main will go ahead, that has been decided, the only problem will be, as usual, that duration until completion will be stretched into eternity, because environmentalists have the right to sue until the very end.
UAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6452 times:
Andreas , great question , I should have been more specific in the post . Yes I mean the 2 runways that run N and S . I was talking about "main" runways or runways suitable for landing with "heavy" aircraft such as a B767 , B777 , B747 , A340 , A330 . I did not know that they will go ahead with the expansion , and I knew if it passed , that the environmentalist's in germany will have the construction delayed for quite some time! I love that airport , however i dont care for all of the secruity , that is necessary there . And i dont care for Frankfurt-Main "hauptbahnhof" or main trainstation , its just too crazy . However , all of the problems will be eliminated when the train station at the airport is completed. FRA used to be the largest airport in terms of "traffic" in Europe , but LHR is now bigger . Also many people do not know , that Frankfurt , Germany is the banking capital of Europe . Most people think it is London , but this is not so. Thanks andreas for catching me! I appreciate it! Andres bist du deutsche? Ich spreche ein bischen deutsch! Now I hope I answered your question more specifically!
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 63 Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6413 times:
Not wishing to appear stupid, but im sure (the BBC say it all the time) that LHR is the busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements, and i think ORD has the most runways, and i wouldnt mind betting that if JFK isnt the most in terms of airlines serving, then LHR has a good shout. King Khalid is indeed the largest airport in terms of land mass, but i know Atlanta is the largest commercial airport. Im pretty sure Andrews AFB is the longest runway, and CLK is the most expensive to build. In terms of pax figures im not sure, and i dont think LHR is the busiest, but i know it is the busiest in terms of aircraft movements....
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6408 times:
Great pic you sent guy !
Frankfurt is the second busiest airport in Europe after
In term of traffic,ORD O'Hare is the busiest in the world
with approx.a movement every 30 seconds.
In term of surface,it is said that Ryadh airport in Saudi
Arabia is the largest.DFW Dallas-Fort-Worth is also
vast.Either RUH or DFW compete for this rank !!!
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6411 times:
your statement about the delayed airport expansion in FRA is right but it will definately be done during the next few years.
BTW: The train station at Frankfurt airport is already completed, although they are planing to replace the glass roof by another floor with a convention centre on it. But this won´t affect the traffic there at all.
And one more correction:
Most of the germans are NOT against the airport expansion, but they are some kind of a silent majority (this has been confirmed by several representative surveys in the region) while the minority of the airport´s opponents can be quite fanatic so that they are highly recognized and often overestimated concerning their influence on decisions which are made in Germany´s politics.
I wish you many happy landings at FRA and anywhere else.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6409 times:
as a matter of fact, I am a German investment banker working in FRA but living in Berlin (that's TXL, THF and "Schoenefeld" for all airport freaks).
Thanks for your prompt answer: Yes, I thought so, that it is somehow related with landing.
As for the security: Well what can you do after sept. 11th? But, being a LH senator card holder, I can assure you, there are now no more delays because of security checks. Airfares have gone up in order to pay for increased security measures, but if it works...just don't ask me!
The ICE Train station is already in use, it just looks a bit "un-ready" because of the roadwork still going on in that area.
Concerning the extension, well it is a problem: As you know space is somewhat limited around the airfield, townships or highways wherever you go. But there have several "small solutions" such as a new system for incoming traffic in order to use both main line runways more efficiently, and a collegue of yours told me, it even works!
But you're right FRA is a rather small airport, but well-organised and as a frequent traveller I like that a lot.
Regards from the banker's city FRA
(actually LON is still a little bit ahead of us, but as I work for an Anglosaxon employer, I work at both places and don't care which one is first).
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6395 times:
...yes, that's what I seemed to remember,too, and I even typed it in the first place, but then I somehow thought this could be San Francisco, but right after the posting, I remembered SFO.
But: Thanks anyway, I won't forget, though I use TXL exclusively!