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Frankfurt starts to build T3

02 May 2019
Design impression of the check-in area in the new Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport. Source: Fraport

Construction is under way on the new Terminal 3 (T3) at Frankfurt Airport.

“We are building the future with Terminal 3 for Frankfurt Airport, the entire Rhine-Main region, and far beyond,” Dr Stefan Schulte, CEO of airport operator Fraport, said during a cornerstone-laying ceremony on 29 April.

Fraport subsidiary Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH is managing, supervising, and monitoring the multi-phase Terminal 3 construction project. Costing EUR3.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) to EUR4 billion (USD4.5 billion), it is the largest investment Fraport has ever made at Frankfurt Airport. “Some 500 individual contracts are being awarded for a wide variety of tasks, which is benefiting a large number of small and mid-sized construction companies, including in the Frankfurt region,” Fraport stated.

The first component of T3 is the new Pier G, which Fraport plans to open in 2021 with initial annual capacity for up to 5 million passengers (rising to 7 million after subsequent enhancements). As Fraport stated in 2017 when it unveiled the project, Pier G is designed to serve low-cost carrier traffic “while being fully integrated into Frankfurt Airport's hub function”.

It will be followed by the main T3 building containing Piers H and J, which are planned to enter service by 2023 to increase total annual capacity in the terminal to 21 million passengers. Fraport also has the option of adding Pier K to increase T3 capacity to 25 million.

“During periods of peak activity, up to 5,000 construction workers a day and around 75 tower cranes will be deployed at the Terminal 3 construction site,” Fraport calculated.

The T3 project is supported by the authorities in Hesse, but Finance Minister Dr Thomas Schäfer noted that the state government “will continue to insist that the aviation industry uphold its strong commitment to reducing noise and environmental burdens”.

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