September saw new development at the two airports in Frankfurt as construction on the new Pier A Plus at Frankfurt Main Airport formally began, while work on an extension of the terminal at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has been given the green light.

The new pier at Frankfurt Main Airport, costing about half a billion euros, will provide additional capacity for around six million passengers and will be used exclusively by Lufthansa. The new pier will provide terminal docking positions for seven widebody aircraft including four Airbus A380s, or for 11 short-haul aircraft. It is scheduled for completion in 2012. Before then a new runway is scheduled to open at the airport in the winter of 2011.

Meanwhile Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, in which Fraport transferred its stake to the regional authority of Rhineland-Palatinate earlier this year, has just announced plans to invest €5.5 million ($7.9 million) in the extension of the terminal. Redevelopment work will begin later this year.

Airport manager Jorg Schumacher says the extension will enable the airport, which handled just under four million passengers in 2008, to process up to five million passengers. "As the building work will only take nine to twelve months and no makeshift measures are necessary, the terminal will remain in full operation for the duration," he says.


Source: Flight Daily News