Our Historical Overview
Fraport AG, the owner and manager of FRA, Germany's biggest airport, looks back on a long tradition as a provider of airport services. Founded in 1924 under the name Südwestdeutsche Luftverkehrs AG, the company initially operated Frankfurt Airport at the Rebstock site. With the 1936 opening of Rhein-Main Airport adjacent to the Frankfurt Kreuz autobahn intersection, the core of what is today's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) started operations. In June 2001, Fraport (formerly Flughafen Frankfurt/Main AG) was listed on the stock exchange. Meanwhile, Fraport is active in the airport management business on four continents to share the expertise gained at FRA over many decades.
Today, Frankfurt Airport is one of the world’s most important air transportation hubs and serves as the main European hub in the dense global network of the Star Alliance airlines. Frankfurt Airport not only has the reputation as a fast transfer airport but also boasts excellent intermodal connections, linking air, rail and road transportation. FRA is increasingly evolving into Frankfurt Airport City, an attractive business location and globally connected urban center.
Fraport & Frankfurt Airport: Historical Overview in pictures
Founding of Südwestdeutsche Luftverkehrs AG.
The Rebstock airfield gradually reaches its capacity limits.
Founding of Flug- und Luftschiffhafen Rhein-Main. The airships "Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg start scheduled flights to Rio de Janeiro and Lakehurst. July 8 marks the first scheduled Lufthansa flight with a JU 52.
1939 - 1945
The Rhein-Main airport is almost completely destroyed by bombs and explosives during World War Two.
Creation of the US Air Base.
Founding of "Verkehrsaktien- gesellschaft Rhein-Main".
Parallel runway system completed.
VAG changes corporate name to "Flughafen Frankfurt/Main AG".
Overnight mail network goes into operation.
Inauguration of new terminal (today's Terminal 1) and airport railway station.
On April 12, 1984, Runway West goes into service.
Inauguration of the Airlift Memorial at Frankfurt Airport.
Agreement on step-by-step return of parts of US Air Base.
Inauguration of Terminal 2 and Sky Line people-mover.
Commissioning of Pier D between the two terminals. Laying of the foundation stone for the new AIRail Terminal.
Topping out ceremony for the new AIRail Terminal next to the A3 motorway (interstate highway).
The new ICE railway station AIRail Terminal is opened.
Pier A at Terminal 1 is extended by 500 meters.
"Flughafen Frankfurt/Main AG" changes its name to "Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide" and goes public.
Approval procedure for the expansion Frankfurt Airport officially started.
Official zoning decision issued for the A380 maintenance base at Frankfurt Airport.
Frankfurt Airport makes aviation history: FRA sees first landing ever of the Airbus A380 at an international commercial airport.
Foundation Ceremony AIRRAIL CENTER FRANKFURT.
A380 maintenance base - completion of 1st construction phase.
Inauguration of the new Pier C/D: Frankfurt Airport is a pioneer in simultaneous two-level passenger boarding.
Construction of the new Runway Northwest begins as part of the expansion program.
2009 - 2012
Construction of the new pier A-Plus offering a capacity for up to 6 million passengers.
Inauguration of the new Runway Northwest at the start of the winter timetable 2011/12.
Die 800 Meter lange westliche Erweiterung des Flugsteigs A wird in Betrieb genommen.
Opening of Fraport AG’s new corporate headquarters.
To prepare for future passenger growth, Fraport AG launched the construction of a third terminal at the south of the airport on October 5, 2015.