Building the Future
base. Despite unforeseen events like the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reduced air traffic volumes, this long-term strategic expansion project continues to be essential for ensuring the future of Frankfurt Airport; aviation volumes are bound to recover over the medium to long term. The project’s modular structure makes it possible to flexibly schedule the construction and inauguration of the terminal’s individual parts depending on how the actual need for extra capacity develops. By the time it’s completely finished, it will be able to handle up to 25 million passengers a year. Since Fraport doesn’t expect passenger volumes to return to pre-crisis levels until 2026, the current plans call for Terminal 3 (including Pier G) to reopen that year. It will then be possible to start operating with three piers with total capacity for up to 19 million passengers a year.
A combination of aesthetics and sustainability
The attractive new terminal’s architecture is ultramodern. Numerous large pane-glass windows flood the generously dimensioned halls and areas with daylight, making it possible to minimize the use of artificial light sources. Pipes and cables are integrated in the architecture without disrupting the large open spaces or diminishing their esthetics. The new terminal also sets standards on the sustainability front, requiring only minimal heating thanks to energy-efficient construction methods and state-of-the-art technologies.
The futuristic marketplace at the heart of Terminal 3, covering about 6,000 square meters, is eye-catching with a wide variety of retail outlets, restaurants, and cafés where passengers can shop or enjoyably pass the time. A lounge zone with a spectacular view of the apron also provides space for passengers to relax and unwind in while enjoying direct access to marketplace’s many shops and restaurants. Terminal 3 also boasts numerous entertainment opportunities and services. Children, for example, can romp and let off steam in any of several play areas while waiting for boarding to start. Business travelers can also take advantage of the time to get things done without distractions in Work & Connect areas before heading to the boarding gate.
The new terminal is optimally connected and can be quickly and conveniently reached by travelers. Fraport is building a new people mover line similar to the existing Sky Line to connect Terminal 3 with the other two terminals. The journey from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, with a short stop at Terminal 2, takes just eight minutes. Terminal 3 will also be easily accessible by taxi, bus, and car. Passengers who drive their cars to Frankfurt Airport can take advantage of a parking facility with 8,500 spaces right next to the terminal. It also includes several hundred spaces for bicycles.