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Frankfurt International Airport

Frankfurt Airport
Flughafen Frankfurt am Main
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Fraport
Location Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
  • SunExpress Deutschland
  • TUIfly
Elevation AMSL 364 ft / 111 m
Coordinates 50°02′00″N 008°34′14″E / 50.03333°N 8.57056°E / 50.03333; 8.57056Coordinates: 50°02′00″N 008°34′14″E / 50.03333°N 8.57056°E / 50.03333; 8.57056

Location within Frankfurt am Main
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07R/25L 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
07C/25C 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
18A 4,000 13,123 Concrete
07L/25RB 2,800 9,240 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 57,527,251 Increase 1,9%
Cargo 2,100,747 Decrease 6,7%
Aircraft Movements 482,242 Decrease 1,0%
Economic impact $22.3 billion[1]
Sources: Passenger traffic & movements - Fraport[2]

A:^ The opposite end of Runway 18, which if marked would be Runway 36, is unused.[4] Runway 18 is used for take-offs only.
B: ^ Runway 07L/25R is used for landings only.

Frankfurt Airport (IATA: FRAICAO: EDDF) (German: Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen) is a major international airport located in Frankfurt, Germany.

Run by transport company Fraport, Frankfurt Airport is by far the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third busiest in Europe (after London Heathrow Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) and the 11th busiest worldwide in 2012. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2012 was 57.5 million.[2] As of winter 2012/2013, Frankfurt Airport serves the most international destinations in the world, serving 264 destinations in 113 countries.[4] With a freight throughput of 2.07 million metric tonnes in 2012[5] it is the second busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic. The southern side of the airport ground was home to the Rhein-Main Air Base, which was a major air base for the United States from 1947 until 2005, when the air base was closed and the property was acquired by Fraport. The airport covers an area of 5,200 acres (2,100 ha) of land.

Frankfurt Airport is the main hub of Lufthansa, Germany's flag carrier, and of Condor. Due to capacity constraints in Frankfurt, Lufthansa has established a secondary hub at Munich Airport, where many key medium and long-haul routes are available.

The airport has been expanded several times since its opening in 1936 and has now two large terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2), with a capacity of approximately 65 million passengers yearly, and four runways. In recent years, major construction works were necessary to make the airport compatible for the Airbus A380, including a large A380 maintenance facility, because Lufthansa has stationed its A380 aircraft fleet at Frankfurt Airport. On October 20, 2011, the fourth runway went into operation, which will allow the airport to meet the predicted demand of about 700,000 aircraft movements in 2020. To handle the predicted passenger amount of about 90 million in 2020, a new terminal section adjacent to Terminal 1 for an additional six million passengers opened on October 10, 2012, and a large third terminal for 25 million passengers is scheduled to be built in the near future.


Frankfurt Airport lies 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of central Frankfurt,[3] near the Autobahn intersection Frankfurter Kreuz, where two of the most heavily used motorways in Europe (A3 and A5) meet. The airport ground, which forms a city district of Frankfurt named Frankfurt-Flughafen, is surrounded by the Frankfurt City Forest.

The airport is centrally located in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region, Germany's second-largest metropolitan region, which itself has a central location in the densely populated region of the west-central European megalopolis. Thereby, along with a strong rail and motorway connection, the airport serves as a major transportation hub to the greater region, less than two hours by ground to Cologne, the Ruhr Area, and Stuttgart.


First Airport

On November 16, 1909, the world's first airline was founded in Frankfurt am Main: The Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft (DELAG). DELAG then built the first airport in Frankfurt, called Airship Base at Rebstock, which was located in Bockenheim in the western part of the city and was primarily used for airships in the beginning. It opened in 1912 and was extended after World War I, but in 1924 an expert's report already questioned the possibility of further expansions at this location.

With the foundation of Deutsche Luft Hansa in 1926 a rapid boom of civilian air travel started and soon the airship base became too small to handle the demand. Plans for a new and larger airport located in the Frankfurt City Forest south-west of Schwanheim were approved in 1930, but were not realized due to the Great Depression. After the Machtergreifung in 1933 the government revived the plans and started the construction of the new airport.

Second Airport

The Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport and Airship Base was officially opened on July 8, 1936. In the following years it became the second-largest airport in Germany (after Berlin Tempelhof Airport) and was home for the two largest German Zeppelins, LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin and LZ 129 Hindenburg. It was planned to make Frankfurt the most important destination for Zeppelins in Germany, but after the catastrophic crash of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst on May 6, 1937, the airship era came to an abrupt end.

World War II

After the beginning of World War II in 1939 all foreign airlines left the airport and control of air traffic was transferred to the Luftwaffe. On May 9, 1940, the first bombers took off to attack France. From August to November 1944 a concentration camp was established in Walldorf, close to the airport ground, where Jewish female prisoners were forced to work for the airport. The Allies of World War II destroyed the runway system with airstrikes in 1944 and the Wehrmacht blew up buildings and fuel depots in 1945, shortly before the US Army took control of the airport on March 25, 1945. After the German Instrument of Surrender the war in Europe ended and the US Army started to build a new temporary runway at Frankfurt Airport. The southern part of the airport ground was occupied to build the Rhein-Main Air Base as an Air Force Base for the United States Air Forces in Europe.

Berlin Airlift

In 1948 the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the sectors of West Berlin under Allied control. Their aim was to force the western powers to allow the Soviet zone to start supplying Berlin with food and fuel, thereby giving the Soviets practical control over the entire city. In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin Airlift to carry supplies via air to the people in West Berlin. The airports in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hannover were the primary bases for the allied airplanes. The heavy use of these so-called "Raisin Bombers" caused damage to the runway in Frankfurt and forced the US Army to build a second parallel runway. The airlift ended in September 1949 after the Soviet Union ended their blockade.

Airport growth

In 1951 restrictions for German air travellers were lifted and civil air traffic started to grow again. In 1952 Frankfurt Airport handled more than 400.000 passengers; a year later it was more than half a million. About 100 to 120 planes took off from and landed in Frankfurt daily. In 1955, Lufthansa finally recommenced their flights to and from Frankfurt and in the same year the Federal Republic of Germany gained its air sovereignty back from the Allies. In 1957 the northern runway was extended, first to 3,000 metres and then to 3,900 metres, to make it compatible with jet aircraft.

The airport did not emerge as a major international airline hub until 1958 when a new passenger terminal called Empfangsanlage Ost (Terminal East, literally "Arrival Facility East") opened in the north-east corner of the airport ground. Only four years later it was clear that the terminal was already too small for the demand. In 1961 Frankfurt already had 2.2 million passengers and 81,000 take-offs and landings, making it the second busiest airport in Europe behind London Heathrow Airport.

In 1962 it was decided to build an even larger terminal with a capacity of 30 million passengers per year. Work on this terminal began in 1965. The southern runway was extended to 3,750 metres in 1964. In 1970 a new airplane hangar was inaugurated - it accommodated six jet airplanes and was the world's largest airplane hangar at the time.

Terminal Mitte

The new terminal, called Terminal Mitte (Central Terminal, today known as Terminal 1) and divided into three concourses (A, B and C) with 56 gates and an electric baggage handling system, was opened to the public on March 14, 1972. It was assumed that the terminal capacity would be sufficient for the next 30 years. Along with the new terminal a train station (Frankfurt Airport station) was opened, the first airport train station in the Federal Republic of Germany. A few days later the old Empfangsanlage Ost was closed.

Third runway

Planning for a third runway (called Startbahn 18 West) began in 1973. This project spawned massive protests by residents and environmentalists. The main points of conflict were increasing noise and pollution and the cutting down of protected trees in the Frankfurt City Forest. While the protests and related lawsuits were unsuccessful in preventing the construction of the runway, the Startbahn West protests were one of the major crystallization points for the German environmental movement of the 1980s. The protests even continued after the runway had been opened in 1984 and in 1987 two police officers were killed by a gunman. This incident ended the Startbahn West protests for good. Because of its orientation in the north-south direction, in contrast to the other two runways which run east-west, the use of the third runway is limited. The Startbahn West can only be used for takeoffs to the south because otherwise they would interfere with air traffic at the other runways. Due to this restriction the runway must be partially or fully closed when northward winds are too strong.

Terminal 2

In 1990, work on a new terminal (Terminal 2) began because it was anticipated that Terminal Mitte would reach its capacity limit sooner than expected. The new terminal, divided into concourses D and E, was built to the east of the existing terminal where once the Empfangsanlage Ost had been. With its opening in 1994, Frankfurt Airport increased its terminal capacity to 54 million passengers per year. Along with the terminal opening, a people mover system called Sky Line was established to provide a fast connection between Terminal 2 and Terminal Mitte (now renamed Terminal 1).

Second train station

In 1999 a second train station, primarily for InterCityExpress long-distance trains (called Frankfurt Airport long-distance station), opened near Terminal 1 as part of the new Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed rail line. At the same time local and regional trains were centered at the existing underground train station, now renamed Frankfurt Airport regional station.

Closing of the Rhein-Main Air Base

On December 30, 2005, the Rhein-Main Air Base in the southern part of the airport ground was closed and the US Air Force moved to Ramstein Air Base. The property was handed back to Fraport which allows the airport to use it to build a new passenger terminal. The property of the housing area for the soldiers, called Gateway Gardens, which was located north-east of the airport ground, was given back to the city of Frankfurt in the same year and will be developed as a business district in the following years.

Airbus A380

From 2005 to 2007 a large Airbus A380 maintenance facility was built at Frankfurt Airport because Lufthansa wanted to station their future A380-aircraft-fleet here. Due to economic reasons only half of the facility has been built so far. Both terminals also underwent major renovations in order to handle the A380, including the installation of a third boarding bridge at several gates. Lufthansa's first Airbus A380 went into operation in June 2010 and was baptised Frankfurt am Main.

The Squaire

In 2011 a large office building called The Squaire (a portmanteau of square and air) opened at Frankfurt Airport. It was built on top of the Airport long-distance station and is considered the largest office building in Germany with 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft) floor area. Main tenants are KPMG and two Hilton Hotels.

Fourth runway

Plans to build a fourth runway at Frankfurt Airport had been under-way since 1997 but due to the violent conflicts with the building of the third runway, Fraport let residents groups and environmentalists participate in the process to find an agreeable solution. In 2000 a task force presented their conclusion which generally approved a new runway, but in shorter length (only 2.800 metres compared to the other three 4.000 metres long runways) which would serve as a landing-only runway for smaller aircraft. Additional requirements included improved noise protection arrangements and a strict ban on night flights between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. across the whole airport. In 2001 Fraport applied for an approval to build a new runway, with three possible variants assessed. This concluded that a runway north-west of the airport ground would deliver the fewest adverse effects for local residents and the surrounding environment. The plans were approved by the Hessian government in December 2007, but the requested ban on night flights was lifted because it was argued that an international airport like Frankfurt would need night flights, especially for worldwide freight transport. Construction of the new 2,800 meters (9,240 feet) long Runway Northwest in the Kelsterbach Forest began in early 2009.

The runway officially went into operation on October 20, 2011, with an aircraft carrying Chancellor Angela Merkel performing the first landing on October 21.

The centre line separation from the existing north runway is about 1,400 meters (4,620 feet). This will allow for simultaneous instrument landing system (ILS) operations on these two runways, which has not been possible on the existing parallel runways because they do not meet the 3,500 foot requirement for ILS operations.[6] This will enable the airport to increase its capacity from the current 83 to 126 aircraft movements per hour.[7][8]

Ban on night flights

On October 11, 2011, the Hessian Administration Court ruled that night flights between 11pm and 5am (the so-called Mediationsnacht) are no longer allowed at Frankfurt Airport after the inauguration of the new runway, and therefore overrode the approval from the Hessian government from 2007 which allowed 17 scheduled flights per night. On April 4, 2012 the German Administrative Court confirmed the decision of the Hessian Administration Court, banning night flights between 11pm and 5am.[9]


Frankfurt Airport has two large passenger terminals and a smaller First-Class-Terminal which is exclusively used by Lufthansa. Unlike other international airports, the terminal operations are grouped for airlines and airline alliances rather than flight destinations (domestic or long-haul routes).

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is the older and larger one of the two passenger terminals. It is divided into concourses A, B, C and Z and has a passenger capacity of approximately 50 million. The landside is 420 meters long. Terminal 1 is primarily used by Lufthansa, Lufthansa's associated companies (Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines) and Star Alliance partners (e.g. Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, All Nippon Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines). On October 10, 2012, a 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal called Pier A-Plus went into operation. The new terminal section will exclusively be used by Lufthansa and Star Alliance partners. It provides more docking stations for serving wide-body aircraft like the Airbus A380 and allows Lufthansa to concentrate all U.S. flights at the two A-Piers for easier and faster transfer processes.[10]

Terminal 1 is functionally divided into three levels, the departures level in the upper deck with check-in counters, the arrivals level with baggage claim areas at ground level and, underneath, a distribution level with access to the regional station and underground and multilevel parking. Departures and arrivals levels each have separate street approaches. A bus station is located at arrivals level.

A satellite view of Terminal 1 shows it to have 54 gates equipped with jetways (25 in Concourse A, 18 in Concourse B, 11 in Concourse C). Frankfurt Airport's official website shows a total of 103 gates (a figure which includes "stand" gates, which are gates with no jetways).

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 was opened in 1994 and is divided into concourses D and E. A continuous concourse between 1C and 2D provides direct, but non-public access between the two terminals. Terminal 2 has a passenger capacity of approximately 15 million. It is primarily used by Oneworld partners (e.g. Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines) and SkyTeam partners (e.g. Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines).

Terminal 2 has eight gates with jetways and 34 stands, a total of 42 gates.

Passengers and visitors can change terminals with the people mover system SkyLine which has stops at Terminal 1 AZ (passengers only), Terminal 1 BC and Terminal 2 DE. The travel time between the terminals is 2 minutes with trains arriving every 2–3 minutes during the day. Additionally there is an regular bus service between the terminals.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa operates a separate First Class Terminal near Terminal 1 for the use of its first class passengers. The terminal can only be used by passengers flying Lufthansa First Class or Lufthansa's Miles & More HON Circle members. They also must be departing on a flight operated by Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional or SWISS. Passengers flying other Star Alliance partners in First Class do not have access to the First Class Terminal. The terminal has 200 staff and is used by about 300 passengers daily. It provides individualised security screening and customs facilities, valet parking, a white-linen restaurant, a cigar room and bubble baths. Passengers clear exit immigration controls in the terminal and then are driven from the terminal directly to their aircraft by a chaffeured Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Porsche Panamera.

Passenger airlines and destinations

From Frankfurt Airport, 107 airlines fly to 275 destinations in 111 countries, with approximately 1,365 flights each day. It is the primary hub and base of Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe. It is also the headquarters of Star Alliance, the largest global airline alliance. Lufthansa and their Star Alliance partners account for 77% of all passengers at Frankfurt Airport.[11] Condor also has its main base at Frankfurt Airport.

Due to capacity constraints until Autumn 2011 when the fourth runway went into operation, there are few low-cost carriers at Frankfurt Airport. Those airlines use Frankfurt-Hahn Airport as an alternative which also provides lower operational costs. Despite its name, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport lies about 120 km (75 mi) west of Frankfurt, closer to Koblenz and Mainz.



Frankfurt Airport is the second-largest multimodal transport airport in Europe and has several logistics facilities. These facilities are grouped at two areas at the airport ground: In the north (CargoCity Nord) and in the south (CargoCity Süd). In 2010 it was the second-busiest airport by cargo traffic in Europe after Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, handling 2,231,348 metric tonnes of loaded and unloaded freight.

CargoCity Süd

The 98 hectare large CargoCity Süd is home to a cargo center for dispatch service providers and freight forwarding businesses. Several transport companies like DHL Global Forwarding, Air China, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and Fraport Cargo Services are based here.

CargoCity Nord

CargoCity Nord is the headquarters of Lufthansa Cargo. Additional facilities here are a Perishable Center for fresh produced goods and the Frankfurt Animal Lounge for the transport of living animals.

Cargo services


Runway system

Frankfurt Airport has four runways of which three are arranged parallel in east-west direction and one in north-south direction.

Direction/name Length in m / ft Surface Arrangement Start of operation Use
07C/25C (Runway North) 4000 × 60 / 13,123 × 197 Asphalt East-west 1936 Take-offs (landings allowed)
07R/25L (Runway South) 4000 × 45 / 13,123 × 148 Asphalt East-west 1949 Take-offs and landings
18 (Runway West) 4000 × 45 / 13,123 × 148 Concrete North-south 1984 Take-offs in southbound direction only
07L/25R (Runway Northwest) 2800 × 45 / 9,240 × 148 Concrete East-west 2011 Landings only (not allowed for Airbus A380, Boeing 747, MD-11)

During normal operation the two outer parallel runways (07L/25R and 07R/25L) are used for landings and the central parallel runway (07C/25C) and the Runway West (18) for take-offs. The three parallel runways have two markings because they can be operated in two directions while the Runway West can only be used in one direction.

In 2010 three runways (Runways North, South and West) handled 464,432 aircraft movements, which equated 83 movements per hour. With the start of operation of the Runway Northwest in October 2011 the airport should be able to handle 126 movements per hour. It is predicted that aircraft movements will increase up to 700,000 in the year 2020. By the use of the fourth runway Frankfurt Airport is able for the first time to handle independent parallel landings because the distance between the north and the north-west runways is 1,400 m (4,593 ft). This was not possible with the north and south runways because they do not meet the safety distance ordered by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Airport City

The airport ground and the surrounding area of Frankfurt Airport offer a large variety of on-airport businesses as well as airport-related businesses, like office space, hotels, shopping areas, conference rooms and car parks. The development of an airport city has significantly increased in recent years.

Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts offers 1,008 guest rooms adjacent to Terminal 1 and a conference center for up to 200 delegates.

Frankfurt Airport Centers

The Frankfurt Airport Center 1 (FAC 1) near Terminal 1 offers office and conference facilities, the newer FAC 2 is located within Terminal 2 and offers office space for airlines.

Airport City Mall

The Airport City Mall is located on the landside of Terminal 1, departure hall B. It offers national and international retailers and label stores, a supermarket and several restaurants.

The Squaire

Main article: The Squaire

The Squaire is an office building with a total floor area of 140,000 m2 (1,506,900 sq ft). It is directly connected to Terminal 1 through a connecting corridor for pedestrians. The accounting firm KPMG, Lufthansa and two Hilton Hotels (Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport with 334 rooms and Hilton Frankfurt Airport with 249 rooms) occupy space in The Squaire.

Main Airport Center

The Main Airport Center, named after the Main river, is an office building with ten floors and about 51,000 m2 (549,000 sq ft) of office space. It is located at the edge of the Frankfurt City Forrest near Terminal 2.

Gateway Gardens

Gateway Gardens is a former housing area for the United States Air Force personnel based at the Rhein-Main Air Base, close to Terminal 2. Like the air base, the housing area was closed in 2005. Since then the area is being developed into a business location for airport-related companies. Lufthansa moved its airline catering subsidiary LSG Sky Chefs to Gateway Gardens, Condor and SunExpress are headquartered here. DB Schenker, the logistics company of Deutsche Bahn, is currently building a 66 m (217 ft) high-rise building.

Other facilities

Fraport's facilities are on the property of Frankfurt Airport.[12] Its head office building is by Gate 3.[13] As of 2010 Fraport's new headquarters, located by Gate 3, are under construction.[14] The building is scheduled to open in 2012.[15] The Fraport Driving School (Fraport Fahrschule) is in Building 501 of CargoCity South (CargoCity Süd).[16][17]

Lufthansa's Frankfurt facilities are located between Gate 21 and Gate 23 in the north-west area of the airport. The main building, where the board of directors is seated, is called Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC). Lufthansa operates the Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC), Building 366 at Frankfurt Airport.[18][19] Several company departments, including Corporate Communications,[20] Investor Relations,[21] and Media Relations,[22] are based out of the LAC. Lufthansa also uses several other buildings in the area, like the Lufthansa Flight Training Center (flight training operations) and the Lufthansa Basis BG2 (central base and crew briefing). As of 2011 Lufthansa Cargo is headquartered in Building 451 of the Frankfurt Airport area.[23] As of 2012 Lufthansa Cargo is located at Gate 25 in the CargoCity Nord area, Lufthansa Technik is located in the CargoCity Süd area.

Star Alliance, an airline alliance, is headquartered at the Frankfurt Airport Center 1 (FAC 1) adjacent to Terminal 1.

Airmail Center Frankfurt, a joint venture of Lufthansa Cargo, Fraport, and Deutsche Post for airmail transport, has its head office in Building 189, between Terminals 1 and 2.[24]

Transaero has its European head office in Building 151.[25]


Frankfurt Airport can easily be accessed by car, taxi, train or bus. There are two railway stations at the airport: one for suburban/regional trains and one for long-distance trains.

Airport regional station

Frankfurt Airport regional station (Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof) at Terminal 1, concourse B, provides access to the S-Bahn commuter rail lines S8 and S9 which depart every 15 minutes during the day to Hanau Central Central in the east via Frankfurt Central Station, Frankfurt Hauptwache station and Offenbach East Station, and to Wiesbaden Central Station in the west via Rüsselsheim and either Mainz Central Station (line S8) or Mainz-Kastel (line S9). The journey time to Frankfurt Central Station is 11 minutes, to Hauptwache station 15 minutes. The first S-Bahn trains arrive at 4:28h from Frankfurt and Hanau, and at 4:29h from Mainz and Wiesbaden; the last ones depart at 1:32h to Frankfurt, at 0:29h to Wiesbaden and at 0:59h to Rüsselsheim.

Regional-Express trains to other destinations like Saarbrücken in the west, Koblenz in the Rhine valley to the north, or Würzburg in the east also call at the regional station.

Airport long-distance station

Frankfurt Airport long-distance station (Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) was opened in 1999. It is the end point of the newly built Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed rail line, which links southern Germany to the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, the Netherlands and Belgium via Cologne at speeds up to 300 km/h (190 mph). All ICE trains between Cologne and southern Germany stop at Frankfurt Airport, taking slightly less than an hour from Cologne. About 10 trains per hour depart in all directions.

The station is squeezed in between the motorway A3 and the four-lane Bundesstraße B43, linked to Terminal 1 by a connecting corridor for pedestrians that bridges the Autobahn. Train passengers can check in right at the long-distance station for about 60 airlines.

Deutsche Bahn operates the AIRail Service in conjunction with Lufthansa, American Airlines and Emirates. The service operates to the central stations of Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

Bus station

Various transport companies provide bus services to the airport.

Car and taxi

Frankfurt Airport is located in the Frankfurt City Forest and directly connected to an Autobahn intersection called Frankfurter Kreuz where the A3 and A5 meet. It takes a 10–15 minutes by car or taxi to get to Frankfurt Central Station or the city centre.

Passengers driving their owns cars can park in multilevel parking garages (mostly underground) along the terminals. A long term holiday parking lot is located south of the runways and connected by shuttle bus to the terminals.

Ground transportation statistics

In 2006, 29.5% of the 12,299,192 passengers whose air travel originated in Frankfurt came by private car, 27.9% came by rail, 20.4% by taxi, 11.1% parked their car at the airport for the duration of their trip, 5.3% came by bus, and 4.6% arrived with a rental car.[26]

Traffic and statistics

In 2011, Frankfurt Airport was the third busiest airport in Europe in terms of total passenger traffic, but it was second behind Charles de Gaulle in terms of plane movements and cargo traffic.

65% of all intercontinental flights in Germany are operated at Frankfurt Airport, followed by Munich Airport with 17%.[11]

With 71,500 people employed at about 500 airport companies (2010), Frankfurt Airport is the single largest workplace in Germany.

Busiest routes at Frankfurt Airport (2010) [27]
Rank Airport Departing passengers Airlines
1 Germany Berlin-Tegel 802,000 Lufthansa, Air Berlin
2 Germany Hamburg 795,100 Lufthansa, Air Berlin
3 United Kingdom London-Heathrow 759,500 British Airways, Lufthansa
4 Norway Oslo-Gardermoen 747,200 Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
5 Germany Munich 475,100 Lufthansa
6 Austria Vienna 459,400 Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Niki
7 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 448,200 Air France, Lufthansa
8 Singapore Singapore 429,500 Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines
9 Poland Warsaw Chopin Airport 378,500 Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines
10 Spain Madrid 353,900 Iberia, LAN Airlines, Lufthansa, Spanair
11 United Arab Emirates Dubai 337,700 Condor, Emirates, Lufthansa
12 United States Washington-Dulles 334,900 Lufthansa, United Airlines
13 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 330,900 Lufthansa, Thai Airways
14 Italy Rome-Fiumicino 320,300 Alitalia, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa
15 United States New York-JFK 319,130 Delta, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines
16 Spain Palma de Mallorca 319,000 Air Berlin, Condor, TUIfly, Lufthansa
17 Spain Barcelona 290,600 Lufthansa, Spanair
18 Japan Tokyo-Narita 290,600 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa
19 Canada Toronto-Pearson 289,100 Air Canada, Air Transat, Lufthansa
20 Turkey Antalya 289,000 Condor, Pegasus Airlines, Sky Airlines, SunExpress, TUIFly, Turkish Airlines, XL Airways Germany
21 Netherlands Amsterdam 287,200 KLM, Lufthansa
22 United States Chicago-O'Hare 285,000 American Airlines, Lufthansa, United Airlines
23 United States Atlanta 283,236 Delta, Lufthansa
24 United States Boston 277,360 Lufthansa
25 United States San Francisco 277,300 Lufthansa, United Airlines
26 Denmark Copenhagen 276,400 Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
27 Switzerland Zurich 272,700 Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines
28 ChinaBeijing-Capital 270,500 Air China, Lufthansa
29 China Shanghai-Pudong 264,900 Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Lufthansa
30 Sweden Stockholm-Arlanda 264,000 Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
31 United States Newark 255,000 United Airlines, Lufthansa
32 Portugal Lisbon 253,900 Lufthansa, TAP Portugal
33 South Korea Seoul-Incheon 236,400 Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa
34 Israel Tel Aviv 228,300 El Al, Lufthansa, Sun d'Or International Airlines
35 Brazil São Paulo-Guarulhos 223,500 Lufthansa, TAM Airlines
36 Finland Helsinki 222,700 Finnair, Lufthansa
37 Hong Kong Hong Kong 221,700 Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa
38 Czech Republic Prague 220,000 Czech Airlines, Lufthansa
39 Republic of Ireland Dublin 214,700 Aer Lingus, Lufthansa
40 Norway Bergen-Flesland 213,300 Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
41 Greece Athens 210,500 Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa
42 Russia Moscow-Domodedovo 210,500 Lufthansa, S7 Airlines, Transaero
43 South Africa Johannesburg 209,300 Lufthansa, South African Airways

Incidents and accidents

On 22 May 1983 during an Air show at Rhein-Main Air Base, a Canadian RCAF Lockheed F-104 Starfighter crashed into a nearby road, hitting a car and killing all passengers, a vicar's family of five. The pilot was able to eject.

On 19 June 1985 a bomb cloaked in a canvas bag was detonated approx at 14:42 in the afternoon in Hall B of the Rhein Main Frankfurt Airport, leaving the section to look like a battlefield. The blast resulted in 3 deaths and 32 injuries, of which 4 were considered serious.[28]

In September 2007, German authorities arrested three suspected terrorists for plotting a "massive" terror attack, which posed "an imminent threat" to Frankfurt Airport and the US Air Force base in Ramstein.[29]

On 2 March 2011, a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying US Air Force personnel at Frankfurt Airport, killing two and wounding two others.[30]

Future expansions

With the inauguration of the fourth runway in October 2011, the airport should be able to handle the predicted demand of about 700,000 aircraft movements in 2020. To handle the predicted passenger amount of 90 million in 2020, a third terminal is scheduled to be built south of the existing terminals beginning in 2013.

Terminal 3 Fraport plans to build a large new terminal south of the existing terminals at the ground of the former Rhein-Main Air Base. The new Terminal 3 should be able to house up to 25 million passengers and will feature 75 new aircraft positions. An extension of the people mover system SkyLine is planned to transport people to Terminal 1, the airport railway stations and Terminal 2.

See also

Germany portal
Aviation portal


External links


  • Official site
  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network
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