in my eyes, the northwest airline variant is silly.
once again it´s just a runway for one thing, this time just for landings. the runway west can only be used as take-off runway. so actually fra would have three runway, and not four, because two of these days are only run for departures or arrivals.
they want to have the new runway ready by 2006 when germany hosts the soccer world championship.
i don´t know where they could build a 2nd airport which i doubt was being suggested. lufthansa is strictly against split operations. regarding the nightflight restrictions at fra, lufthansa was asked to move it´s cargo services to hahn airport, which is about 90 mnutes car drive away. and you´re absolutely right, because lufthansa heavily relies on the belly space of the main and condor fleets, so and moving cargo from one airport to the other doesn´t make sense.
i totally agree that the variant, which would see frankfurt build one or two southern runways, parallel to the existing east/west runways, seems to make more sense. but there are many people living close to the airport which are not getting sick of complaining about the airport expansion.
personally, i´d love to the see fra build to the additional runways to the south, which would give fra 4 parallel runways, and because of their distances, allowing for simultaneous departures and arrivals, heavily boosting fra´s capacity. in addition, between both runway systems one could easily build one or two big terminals to allow future growth well into the next decades, although the cargo site would have to be moved to some other place but that´s just a small price to be paid.
if the authorities would have chosen that variant frankfurt could easily become a major competitor to heathrow because of its nature as star alliance hub and could leave charles de gaulle and amsterdam well behind.
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.