With the opening of the new Pier A-Plus in 2012 as a westward extension of Terminal 1, Fraport has taken yet another step toward securing the competitiveness and future viability of Frankfurt Airport. To ensure Frankfurt Airport's future as a successful major international hub, it is imperative for the airport to provide terminal positions for wide-body aircraft, and especially for the Airbus A380.
The new A-Plus terminal section constitutes, together with Piers C/D and B, the main focus of Lufthansa's A380 handling activities at Terminal 1.
After a small inauguration ceremony on October 2, the new Pier A-Plus became operational on October 10, 2012. A-Plus features state-of-the-art terminal facilities and a wide array of retail and food & beverage outlets for up to six million passengers a year.
Fraport contracted the Hamburg-based architectural firm gmp (Gerkan, Marg and Partners) as the general planner for this large-scale construction project.
A-Plus Exterior View
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A-Plus Interior View
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A-Plus with Skyline
Construction of the new pier A-Plus offering a capacity for up to 6 million passengers.
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Facts and Figures
The new Pier A-Plus is an 800-meter westward extension of Terminal 1, comprising a total space of over 185,400 sqm. The construction project encompassed the new Pier A-Plus as well as the connecting structure between Pier A-Plus and the existing Pier A. This structure also includes an enlargement of the existing baggage claim hall A.
Pier A-Plus offers seven positions for wide-body aircraft: four for the A380 and three for the A340-600 or the B747-400 as well as for Boeing’s new aircraft, the B747-800. To ensure maximum flexibility, as an alternative, two smaller type A321 aircraft can also dock at each of the A380 positions. Consequently, up to a maximum of 11 aircraft can be simultaneously accessed directly from the terminal building. Each A380 position is connected to Pier A-Plus by three passenger bridges (one of which is for the aircraft's upper deck). Each A340-600 and/or B747-400 position has two passenger bridges. In addition, there is one position for remote parking.
A special challenge while building Pier A-Plus was that of creating this new terminal section without interrupting operations in the adjoining terminal and apron areas. Much of the work could only be done at night to avoid impairing the passenger processes.
Pier A-Plus is designed with four levels that connect seamlessly to the corresponding levels of the existing Terminal 1 building.
Level 1 is primarily for apron and baggage functions. Level 2 is for Schengen traffic (both departures and arrivals), while levels 3 (departures) and 4 (arrivals) are for non-Schengen traffic. This arrangement ensures compliance with the European Union's stipulation that there must be no mixing of arriving and departing non-Schengen passengers.
Fast transfer to other areas is possible via the connecting structure between Pier A-Plus and the existing Pier A and a transfer node located approximately in the middle of Pier A-Plus. It will later be possible to add a Skyline people-mover station there.
Innovative retail and food & beverage concepts integrated in extensive marketplaces on the non-Schengen and Schengen levels, as well as spacious lounge areas for Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, will make the new pier very attractive and ensure that the time spent there by passengers is of high quality.
In a forward-looking concept, the terminal functions are dimensioned to ensure a high degree of flexibility, spaciousness and excellent passenger orientation. If wished, it will be easy for airlines for provide tailored services for different customer groups.