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Frankfurt Airport - Gateway to the World

All about Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport (FRAPORT) stands for many superlatives:

It is with 61 million. Passengers (2015), it is the third largest airport in Europe and, with 2.1 million tonnes of air freight (2015), the largest cargo airport in Europe. Every week, 107 airlines with over 4,400 flights connect the Main metropolis with 275 destinations in 111 countries.

In addition, Frankfurt Airport is integrated into the European high-speed rail network with its own railway station - At the same time, the airport is Germany's largest local workplace with its approximately 75,500 (06.2012) employees and a vital economic driver for the Rhine-Main region with its approximately 500 different businesses.

With an operating area of 15.6 sq km, the airport is a city in its own right, offering extensive service facilities such as churches, hospitals and hotels, as well as conference and entertainment facilities, and shops, restaurants and service outlets on several levels.

The airport is located directly on the the busiest motorway junction in Europe and has direct S-Bahn and Intercity connections.

Above the long-distance train station, the Airrail Center Frankfurt, a nine-story complex with over 8 hectares of office space, 550-700 hotel rooms, restaurants and retail, was completed in 2010.

Frankfurt Airport is of great importance as a transfer airport by international standards (50% of all passengers are transfer passengers).

Modern technology ensures convenient, fast transfers. This is made possible above all by the baggage conveyor system (length approx. 67 kilometres), which ensures the smooth onward transport of the suitcases of departing and transferring passengers.

With the opening of Terminal 2, a building made of steel and glass, in 1994, a new traffic hub was created at Frankfurt Airport.

The automatically operated Sky Line trains are available for transfers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 (and vice versa).

With a lot of political celebrities, the new but also very controversial Northwest Runway (2.8 kilometers long, 45 meters wide - cost: 1.43 billion euros ) was opened on October 21, 2011.

The new runway is designed to increase the capacity of Germany's largest airport by 50 percent. It is intended exclusively for landings of small and medium-sized jets.

In a first step, the number of aircraft movements possible at the overall airport goes up from 82 to 90 per hour.

In the final stage, 126 take-offs and landings should be possible. This equates to a capacity of around 90 million passengers per year, up from 56.44 million last time in 2011.

With the new runway, Frankfurt will have two runways and one runway and one runway each.

Furthermore, Terminal 1 will be extended to the west and a Terminal 3 is currently under construction, from which flights are expected to take off from 2020.

But the airport is also an adventure airport with Visitor Terrace and Airport Tours and thus always worth a visit. Over a million visitors a year make use of it. Whether families with children, technology freaks, shoppers or art enthusiasts - boredom is guaranteed not to arise here.

Airport Shopping

Whether haute couture, exclusive business fashion or young fashion - enjoy the benefits of the international shopping center. The stores are open 365 days a year between 07:00 - 22:00.

Eating and Drinking

Naturally, there is also food and drink to be had. Restaurants to suit all budgets, cosy pubs, cafes and of course fast food outlets in all levels and terminals offer something for everyone.

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in numbers:

Location: located 17 km southwest of the city - Size: 15.6 sq km
Largest local employer in Germany: about 75.000 employees (06.2012)
Passengers (2015): 61 million - Cargo (2015): 2.1 million t
Take-offs and landings per day: 1,343
Aircraft movements (2015): 468.000
386 check-in counters - Car parking: 14,500

More airport specials:

Die Besucherterrasse

Flughafen Rundfahrt

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