Terminal 3 – Building the Future

With our new Terminal 3, we are expanding our capacity and reinforcing our position as an international aviation hub. 
Animated film about Terminal 3
Animated film about Terminal 3


Building the Future 

Terminal 3 is being built in the south of Frankfurt Airport on the site of the former U.S. militarybase. The new Terminal 3, conceived as the centerpiece of a long-term strategic expansionproject, continues to be an essential ingredient for ensuring the future of Frankfurt Airportdespite unforeseen events like the COVID-19 pandemic. As other crises have shown in thepast, the aviation sector eventually resumes expanding. Its inherent modularity makes itpossible to flexibly schedule the construction and opening of its parts depending on the actualneed for extra capacity. By the time it is finished, it will be able to handle up to 25 millionpassengers a year. The first construction phase comprises the main terminal building witharrival and departure levels, a marketplace, lounges and an automated baggage conveyorsystem plus Piers H and J for an initial passenger volume of 14 million. The start of operationsis projected for the 2025 summer season. Completion of the second phase, consisting of Pier G, is being moved forward.Its construction has already progressed to the point that it can presumably enter the marketby the 2022 summer season and contribute an initial capacity for up to five million additionalpassengers.

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 Sky Line 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 Sky Line, 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



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Terminal 3

Terminal 3 außen

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Terminal 3 in figures

With Terminal 3 as a strategic expansion project, Fraport ensures the long-term future of Frankfurt Airport. Terminal 3 sets new standards, as the following figures show:

  • Once Terminal 3 is complete in 2024, 19 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 with a totallength of 1,400 meters.
  • Terminal 3 will offer at least 33 positions right next to the building which some of the mostmodern wide-body aircraft will be able to use.
  • The new terminal will have a floor area of approximately 176,000 square meters, which is equivalent to about 25 soccer fields.
  • Including all the upper and lower floors, the main building and the first  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 new Sky Line 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.

The long-term growth in air traffic can only be managed to a limited extent with Terminal 1,inaugurated in 1972, and Terminal 2, inaugurated in 1994. By 2019, more than 70 millionpeople have already departed or arrived at Frankfurt Airport. Unforeseen events like the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 have affected air traffic to an unprecedented extent. As other crises have shown in the past, the aviation sector eventually resumes expanding.
This is why the new Terminal 3, as a long-term expansion project, continues to be animportant element for the future of Frankfurt Airport. With its modular design, the total of three construction phases of the terminal can be closely aligned with actual capacityrequirements.

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. In recent years, a steady increase in the number of passengers has led to an increase in congestion in Terminals 1 and 2. To provide short-term relieve, it was decided to bring forward the construction of the second construction phase, consisting of Pier G, after a thorough examination of various options in accordance with the planning approval. You can find more information about Pier G here.

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.

Construction of the first part of the new terminal, Pier G, is expected to be completed in 2021 -with an initial capacity of four to five million. The main terminal building as well as Piers H andJ are expected to be completed in 2024. The entire terminal with all three piers will thenalready have a capacity of 19 million passengers. However, construction projects of this sizeand complexity are always dynamic. Against the background of the global COVID-19 pandemic,the commissioning of Pier G and the main terminal building with Piers H and J is beingcalculated closely to actual capacity requirements. According to current plans, the summerschedule 2022 (Pier G) and the summer schedule 2025 (main building,Piers H and J) are targeted. Further steps will continue to take a clearer shape as theconstruction project progresses. You can follow the latest construction progress here: www.terminal3.info

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 Sky Line train, 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: www.terminal3.info 

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.


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Media contact

Christian Engel

Spokesperson for Infrastructure and Terminal 3 Project

c.engel2@fraport.de +49 69 690-30713