The local authorities of the "Land Hessen" (Germany) have just given their green light for the extension of Frankfurt/Main Airport (FRA). Among the three projects bidding, the "North-West" one has been selected. It will allow the construction of a fourth runway in the wood of Kelsterbacher, with the opening scheduled for 2006 at sooner. This new runway should be undertaken with the construction of a third terminal to handle the additional traffic.
Currently the three runways would be used at about half of their theoretical capacity, because of their proximity which prevents from using them as much as possible.
The newest runway, built in the 1980s, can be only used for take-offs because of environmental concerns.
Lufthansa CEO Jürgen Weber was announced this was a great news for Lufthansa, as the airline has been requesting this extension for long, in order to be able to match the KLM's Amsterdam hub, and the very large extension possibilities of Air France at Paris-CDG.
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Munich to grow as a hub
The Star Alliance currently handles 25 million passengers a year at Munich (MUC), on Lufthansa's second hub. The growth scheduled would be of about 5% in the coming years. The activity of Lufthansa at MUC would have grown by 15% since 1997. The aircraft movements would however grow of only 3% because of the use of wide-bodies.
Despite the recent extension of the Terminal 1, a Terminal 2 is to be built for the Star Alliance's partners.
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Lufthansa's hubs and the competition
Number of connections available within hours in both ways in Europe (Summer 1999)
1. Air France/CDG 11,316
2. Lufthansa/FRA 6,489
3. KLM/AMS 5,826
4. British Airways/LHR 3,976
Point-to-point traffic in Europe (Summer 1999) Paris = 100
1. LHR 133
2. CDG 100
3. FRA 50.5
4. AMS 36.7
5. MUC 28.1
6. ZRH 20.1
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