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FRA Capacity?

Wed Mar 26, 2003 6:03 pm

Not sure if this topic was posted before, if so; my excuses for repeating it...

What are the planned terminal projections for expansion and capacity increment at Frankfurt Main after the closure of the US Air base in the middle of this decade? Will such upgrade drive FRA to become Europe's most important airport in the continent? How are Lufthansa and other airlines positioned to tackle into these new opportunities?

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RE: FRA Capacity?

Wed Mar 26, 2003 6:34 pm

There are plans for a new terminal, an expanded cargo area and a base for the A380 in the southern part. Furthermore, a new runway is proposed in the northwestern part of the airport.

Some links which might help you:

Airsider Report on FRA's cargo operations (incl. map of new facilities):

Fraport's official expansion website:;jsessionid=jb4vb6buc1

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RE: FRA Capacity?

Wed Mar 26, 2003 9:18 pm

The main problem that FRA does face is it's limited possibility for expansion outside of the airport fence and the area inside the fence is very limited...
As mentioned there are plans to add a Terminal 3 the A380 base in the south and a new runway but that will not help FRA that much. For sure it won't bring the airport to the spot where it is the no. 1 in Europe. CDG is on it's way to pass FRA so the airport will soon be europe's number three rather than two.

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RE: FRA Capacity?

Wed Mar 26, 2003 9:38 pm

Part of my job is to work on a master plan for Fraport's cargo operations until 2015. Our firm has also worked on a night flight study for the airport administration.

It is still not clear from a legal standpoint whether a total night flight ban can be implemented. From what it seems, Roland Koch has once again promised something to the people he will probably not be able to fulfill.

Just one major stumbling block for his plans are the "Bestandsschutz" (protection of existing infrastructures and services) for incumbent airlines. Therefore, if LCAG (LH Cargo) is supposed (again, they can most likely not be forced) to move elsewhere (and from our study, HHN is NOT a perfect alternative without investing hundreds of millions), Fraport and the State of Hesse will have to pay compensation in the mid to high three digit millions to LH alone.
And they are just one of several companies involved in a night flight ban - other airlines with similar claims are homebase carrier like YP and DE.

Unfortunately my legal English isn't very good, so I can only give you this very short summary, although I would like to comment on other aspects like "unbillige Haertefaelle"  Big grin . But hey, I'm just an engineer, not a lawyer...
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