WorldVoyager
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Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 7:01 am

Frankfurt, Germany, is a city of less than a million people. Yet, it's airport is an ENORMOUS commercial aviation hub, (largest airport in continental Europe,) with tons of 747s daily flying around the world, lots of foreign airlines, and Europe's most profitable airline, Lufthansa. How can this be?

Speaking of Lufthansa, I can understand why it would make FRA so successful (using it as a transit hub like KLM at AMS), but what I don't understand is that so many foreign airlines that ARE NOT PART OF THE STAR ALLIANCE also operate to the airport, and with big aircraft (ex. CX, JAL, QF, DL, AA, etc.).

Since these airlines don't have any connecting traffic on Lufthansa to other European cities, how is this awesome capacity justified?

How can Frankfurt afford to be in the same league as LHR, CDG, NRT, HKG, JFK (all airports representing cities with over five million people)?
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 7:08 am

Frankfurt is ideally located in the middle of Europe. By definition this makes it an ideal hub just as ORD's location towards the middle of the US makes it an ideal US hub. LHR and CDG are not so perfectly located.
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 8:01 am

Another big factor is that Germany is the country in Europe that exports the most, close trade agreements with all G-7 and others make Germany a hub for business... For example Siemens has factories all over the world, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen Group, BMW and other mega companies like Allianz, Bayer provide not only high pax. flow but also cargo for Germany's biggest airport, Frankfurt. it's also considered Europe's financial center by many. So all this contributes to foreign carriers flying to Frankfurt from all over the world. And there are connections by the thousands out of Frankfurt to all over europe and the world so it's a very attractive and profitable destination for many airlines.
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 8:57 pm

Hi,

IS Frankfurt more busier that Heathrow now???

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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 10:07 pm

Germany is the largest manufacturing and industrial center in Europe. Frankfurt itself is Germany's financial hub. Germany is smack-dab central in the middle of Europe. The US still has a big military presence in Germany, so does NATO. Germans are some of the world's most avid tourists. The Germans run a tight, efficient ship. The list goes on............
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 10:45 pm

Frankfurt is in no way busier than Heathrow. Frankfurt is the #2 European airport after LHR (or third, after CDG) I am not sure. However, Heathrow remains the
world's busiest international airport.

The busiest airport in the world is William B. Hartsfield International Airport,
Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 11:05 pm

Germany has about 80 million people and LH made FRA to the (only) intercontinental hub in Germany besides Munich. All other airports don't have any intercontinental flights (or only few) on schedule.
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 11:09 pm

It is the same in Amsterdam and Zurich. Amsterdam has (I am not sure) perhaps 2 milloion inhabitants and more than 30 m passaengers. Zurich (and suburbs) has about 1 million people and 21 million passengers.
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 11:11 pm


Hi,

as someone already mentioned before, FRA is idealy located in the heart of both Europe AND Germany. So first of all it's an ideal place for people coming in to Germany who want to go to the north or south because they are already in the middle of Germany. Then for transits, it has perfect connections. Let's say someone from India can easily change planes to go on a flight to JFK.
Of course that could be done in CDG or LHR too but what I want to say with this is that it's an advantage if many airlines fly into the same airport.
Frankfurt is Germanys and Europes (I believe) most important financial center.
Many big worldwide know companies are based around Frankfurt.
Germans love to travel - other advantage.
Germany is getting more popular with foreigners as a tourist attraction.
Many companies (non German) are based in or around Frankfurt.
NATO, US Army, ... there's so much stuff.

Hope there'll soon be a decision about a 4th runway at FRA that they can remain No2 in Europe !!!

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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Wed Sep 27, 2000 4:45 am

Last but not least Germany has by far the strongest GNP in Europe, much higher than UK, France or Italy (in the order...)
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Wed Sep 27, 2000 4:52 am

Of course, Lufthansa could have their hub in Paderborn and IT would get huge.
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Europe's Big 3

Wed Sep 27, 2000 5:05 am

Hello,

In terms of passengers per year:

1. Heathrow
2. Frankfurt
3. Charles de Gaulle

But the city's total:

1. London
2. Paris
3. Frankfurt

In terms of commercial aircraft movements:

1. CDG
2. LHR
3. FRA

The annual growth rates in terms of passengers are in the same order.

Best regards,
Alain Mengus
 
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RE: Why Is Frankfurt Such A Successful Hub?

Wed Sep 27, 2000 5:27 am

Simple. It has a pornographic shopping arcade.

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