2019 saw the number of passengers at Frankfurt Airport reach 70 million for the first time, and passenger numbers are continuing to rise ever higher as people all over the world become increasingly mobile. We are seeing a sharp rise in demand for air travel in particular. More and more people are choosing to fly – whether for a vacation, to visit friends and family, or on business. The new Terminal 3 to the south of the airport is being built so that Frankfurt Airport as an international aviation hub can meet this demand and continue to cater to the comfort requirements of its passengers.
Terminal 3 – Building the Future
With our new Terminal 3, we are expanding our capacity and reinforcing our position as an international aviation hub.
The new terminal is setting new sustainability standards.
Terminal 3 is being built in the south of Frankfurt Airport on the site of the former U.S. military base. According to current plans, once the terminal is completed in 2023, up to 21 million passengers a year will be able to depart from or arrive there. When fully completed, Terminal 3 will be able to accommodate around 25 million passengers. The terminal’s three construction phases allow for modular construction based on capacity requirements. In the first construction phase, the main building with arrival and departure levels, marketplace, lounges and baggage handling system as well as Piers H and J will be built by 2023. In order to relieve the load on Terminals 1 and 2 earlier, Fraport brought forward the second construction phase, consisting of Pier G, which will be completed ahead of schedule. Pier G will provide capacity for four to five million passengers after its completion in 2021.
A combination of aesthetics and sustainability
The architecture of the new terminal is ultramodern. Numerous glass windows flood the generously dimensioned halls and areas with daylight, allowing the planners to largely dispense with artificial light sources. Pipes and cables are integrated into the architecture without disrupting the vast open spaces or detracting from their aesthetics. The new terminal is also setting standards on the sustainability front, with only minimal heating required thanks to energy-efficient construction techniques and state-of-the-art technology.
The spacious marketplace in the middle of Terminal 3 extending over some 6,000 square meters is an eye-catching feature with a diverse selection of retail outlets, restaurants and cafés where passengers can shop or simply pass the time. The lounge zone with a view of the apron gives passengers direct access to the many shops and restaurants and space to relax and unwind. Terminal 3 also boasts numerous activity spaces and services. Children, for example, can fill the anxious time waiting for their flight in one of the play areas. Business travelers can spend some productive time undisturbed in the work & connect areas before they catch their flight or connecting flight.
A new transport system for arrivals
The new terminal is optimally connected and can be reached quickly and conveniently by passengers. Similar to the existing Sky Line, Fraport is building a new people mover system to connect Terminal 3 with the two existing terminals. The journey from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, with a short stop at Terminal 2, takes just under eight minutes. In addition to the new people mover system, Terminal 3 will also be easily accessible by taxi, coach or car. Drivers can use one of the 8,500 parking spaces in the parking garage right next to the terminal.
Visualization of the new terminal at Frankfurt Airport
Terminal 3 in figures
2019 saw a record 70 million passengers pass through Frankfurt Airport for the first time. We are preparing for a further rise in passenger numbers in the future.
2019 saw the number of passengers at Frankfurt Airport reach 70 million for the first time, and the number is continuing to rise. In order to consolidate and strengthen Frankfurt Airport’s role as an international aviation hub, Fraport needs to adapt the total capacity of its terminal facilities. Fraport is also building the new Terminal 3 to the south of the airport so that it can continue to meet the comfort requirements of its passengers.
Terminal 3 is setting new standards, as the figures show:
- Once Terminal 3 is complete in 2023, 21 million passengers will be able to depart from or arrive there.
- Schengen and non-Schengen passengers will be able to use the three new piers, which are over 1,600 meters long.
- Terminal 3 will offer at least 38 building positions and 3 positions close to buildings, where some of the most modern wide-body aircraft will be able to dock.
- The new terminal will have a floor area of approximately 149,000 square meters, which is equivalent to around 22 soccer fields.
- Including all the upper and lower floors, the main building and the three piers will cover a total area of around 403,000 square meters.
- There will be as many as 100 check-in counters and drop-off points at the new Terminal 3.
- The new baggage system that will connect Terminal 3 with the existing terminals will feature 15 baggage carousels.
- The journey with the people mover system from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, with a stop at Terminal 2, will take 8 minutes.
Terminal 3 construction project
Fraport AG is in charge of one of the largest privately funded infrastructure projects in Europe with the new Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport. Here are the most important questions and answers about it.
Construction of the terminal is being split into three construction phases, each of which is tailored to capacity requirements. The main building along with Piers H and J are being built in the first construction phase, which has been ongoing since 2015. Fraport brought forward the second construction phase, consisting of Pier G, to relieve the load on Terminals 1 and 2 earlier.
Construction work is also being undertaken to connect the new terminal to the existing infrastructure. This includes expanding the Zeppelinheim interchange on the A5, building a parking garage with 8,500 parking spaces and creating a new people mover system to extend the existing Sky Line. Another facet of the construction project involves connecting the structures to Frankfurt Airport’s existing technical infrastructure.
The first part of the new terminal incorporating Pier G will have a capacity of four to five million passengers and is expected to be complete by 2021. The main terminal building along with Piers H and J are expected to be complete by 2023. The complete terminal including all three piers will then have a total capacity of 21 million passengers. Further steps will continue to take a clearer shape as the construction project progresses. You can follow the latest construction progress here:
Terminal 3 is being built on the site of the former U.S. military base on the south side of Frankfurt Airport. The Rhein-Main Air Base was the primary air base of the United States Air Force in Germany from 1945 to 2005. The “candy bombers” who carried supplies to the people of Berlin in the airlift mission took off from here during the Cold War. After the air base was closed on September 30, 2005, the land was made available to Frankfurt Airport.
Access to Terminal 3 will be easy and convenient. That is why it is being connected to the existing road network through the expansion of the Zeppelinheim interchange on the A5. Passengers and visitors traveling by regional and long-distance rail services and arriving at Terminal 1 will also be able to take the new people mover system, which travels via Terminal 2, to Terminal 3 in a journey that takes just eight minutes.
Terminal 3 is one of the largest privately funded infrastructure projects in Europe. Fraport AG is not only building the new terminal and all its connections while the airport continues to operate but is also using its own financial resources to do so.
As an airport operator, Fraport is constantly involved in discussions with various airlines. There is indeed a lot of interest in Terminal 3 and the feedback is positive. Terminal 3’s state-of-the-art design and its excellent connections with Terminals 1 and 2 are particularly appealing to airlines that place importance on the passenger experience, customer-focused services and cutting-edge handling processes. Due to airlines’ short planning cycles, the decision on which airlines will occupy Terminal 3 will not be finalized until just before it opens.
The construction of Terminal 3 commenced on the date of the ground-breaking ceremony on October 5, 2015. The project, which is one of the largest privately funded infrastructure projects in Europe, officially got underway after more than 15 years of intensive planning meetings, approval procedures and inspections. Construction is currently proceeding according to plan. You can find detailed information about the current progress of the construction project here:
Fraport is placing a lot of emphasis on environmentally friendly and sustainable techniques in the construction of the new terminal. During below-ground construction work, it is installing its own infiltration systems, which will extract surface water, purify it and pump it back to the airport land where it will infiltrate the lower soil levels. Once the terminal building is complete, it will also feature intelligent, resource-conserving technology. Efficient construction techniques will mean that the waste heat released by technical devices and equipment is used as heating so that the building will require only minimal heating power.
Fraport laid the best possible foundations for this by establishing its own independent project company. Experience of Fraport’s own and similar infrastructure projects has shown that when embarking on the implementation phase it is preferable to establish a separate and independent organizational form to the greatest possible extent. So in September 2016, Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group – was established and put in charge of construction. It has all the resources it requires at its disposal. The efficient organizational structure also provides quick and clear decision-making channels.
We’re building a gateway to the world – why not become part of this project?
The construction of Terminal 3 will create a new flagship of excellence for Frankfurt Airport and the region, and we are looking for experts to build it.
As a company, we are investing on a large scale in the construction of Terminal 3, which is an important piece of infrastructure for maintaining the international competitiveness of Frankfurt Airport – a major engine powering the local and regional economy. In doing so, we are drawing on the extensive experience we have gained with other infrastructure projects in Germany and other countries. We also benefit from the fact that we are a reliable partner to the companies we contract. After all, we are also entrepreneurs. Terminal 3 is set to become a new flagship of excellence for Frankfurt Airport and the entire region, and we are looking for experts to work together with our own specialists to build Terminal 3. Our intention is to bolster the (regional) economy as broadly as possible, and we have therefore decided to avoid entrusting all the building services to a single general contractor.