Ramprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1457 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2499 times:
It looks like they will start to close it in July 2005, with the last flights in October 2005. They will move to Ramstein and Spangdahlem. They will be added more ramp space at Spangdahlem. They will be building a C-5 hangar, reconstruction of the 10,500 ft runway, new freight terminal, new ramp, new passenger terminal and flight kitchen.
Galaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
They have been in the progress of closing Rhein Main since 1996, its just been a skeleton crew working there and some usage as a contingency base, but in 2005 all that will be gone. they have already built the new pax terminal at ramstein, along with ramp space, and are still working on the runway and cargo terminal.
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C17loadmstr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
I have spent the last 2 years transiting Rhein Main. In some ways, it's sad to see it go but for the most part, I'm ready to move to Ramstein or Spang. Rhein Main has done a wonderful job with their skeleton crew but the amenities that are enjoyed on other bases such as Ramstein or Spang are not always available if available at all. Ramstein has finally started to show some progress with all the new construction. Hopefully they'll get the runway work done "before" Rhein Main closes.
Ramprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1457 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2193 times:
Where is Ramstein and Spang located? The article I read also said that USAFE is looking at bases in eastern Europe. I would think Poland will open up their bases to the US. Poland seems willing to work and help the US.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4838 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
That's certainly true CX747 and I think the airlift memorial will stay even when the Airbase is flattened, but to be honest it's really better for both the USAF and FRA that they move to Ramstein and Spangdahlem.
C17loadmstr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
Why exactly do they need that 4th runway? Flights pretty much shut down once the sun goes down. While the traffic pattern does get congested, I never see planes landing on Runway 18. Will this 4th runway be on the 18 heading or make the 09 heading a 3 runway system? i.e. 09R / 09C / 09L
Contact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
I'm sure the Germans thank the USAF for their presence, but I guess the administration of a congested airport have other agendas. The move will free up much needed capacity in the air and on the runway.
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