Studies forecast that passenger volumes at the FRA global aviation hub will rise to between 68 million and 73 million passengers by the year 2021. Thus, the airport’s current terminal capacity of 64 million passengers per year will be exceeded by 2021. In order to secure and develop Frankfurt Airport’s position as an international hub, Fraport must adapt the overall capacity of the terminal buildings to meet rising demand. To avoid long queues at the check-in and security control also in the future, a new facility will have to be built, thus ensuring ongoing quality and convenience for our passengers.
Terminal 3 will be constructed on the south side of Frankfurt Airport on the premises of the former U.S. military base. Construction will be done on a modular basis in two building phases. The first building phase, which was approved in August 2014, covers the building of the Main Terminal Building with two piers and 24 building positions. The new terminal is laid out for a capacity of up to 14 million passengers per year.
For the connection of the new Terminal to the existing airport infrastructure, both the baggage conveyor system and the "SkyLine" passenger transfer train will be expanded. Furthermore, the first phase includes the construction of exterior areas, roads and access facilities around Terminal 3 as well as an additional autobahn entry. The extensions covered in the second phase will follow at a later date as required.
Besides the goal of capacity increase, planning of the new Terminal also aims at improving energy efficiency with the lowest CO2 emissions possible. The technical concept of the building envisages operation of the facility completely without fossil energy sources and the supply of external heating energy, too.
Fraport trusts that the first phase of Terminal 3 can be operated no later than in the year 2022 after a thorough trial operation and successful functional tests.