Frankfurt Airport lays cornerstone for future Terminal 3

Fraport AG laid the cornerstone for Frankfurt Airport’s new Terminal 3 on Monday (29 April) which is one of Europe’s largest privately financed infrastructure projects.

During periods of peak activity, up to 5,000 construction workers a day and around 75 tower cranes will be deployed at the Terminal 3 construction site.

Fraport chief executive officer, Stefan Schulte said: “We are building the future with Terminal 3―for Frankfurt Airport, the entire Rhine-Main region and far beyond. By employing state-of-the-art technology and intelligent processes to create an outstanding passenger experience, we are meeting the promise inherent in our slogan, ‘Gute Reise! We make it happen’.

“With the new terminal, we are adding sufficient capacity for about 21 million more travelers annually by the year 2023. Frankfurt is already an international leader in terms of connectivity. No other aviation hub in the world offers more destinations to business or leisure travelers than Frankfurt Airport. And Terminal 3 will further strengthen Germany’s most important gateway to the world.”

Terminal 3’s Pier G, with capacity for up to five million passengers, will be completed by 2021 in the southern part of Frankfurt Airport. This modern facility will later be integrated into Terminal 3’s premium product. The plans call for the main terminal building, along with Piers H and J, to be completed in 2023.

As a result, the airport will then be able to handle up to 21 million more passengers than now. There will be an option to later add a Pier K, thus increasing the new terminal’s total capacity to 25 million air travelers.

Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG, is responsible for managing, supervising and monitoring the construction project. The approved budget amounts to between 3.5 and four billion euros, Fraport’s largest single investment at Frankfurt Airport.

Some 500 individual contracts are being awarded for a wide variety of tasks, which is benefitting a large number of small and midsized construction companies, including in the  Frankfurt region. Additional facts and figures on Terminal 3 are provided in the table below.

Facts & Figures on FRA’s future Terminal 3

Pier G Main terminal building
with Piers H and J
Planned completion 2021 2023
Passenger capacity Up to 5 million (up to 7 million)* 14 million
Footprint Approx. 40,000 m² Approx. 90,000 m2
Total floor space Approx. 55,000 m² (97,000 m²)* Approx. 306,000 m2
Retail and restaurants Approx.1,960 m² Approx. 9,700 m²
Lounges None Approx. 6,200 m2
Adjacent aircraft docking
9 (14 + 2 nearby positions)* 24 + 1 nearby position
Gates 13 (24)* Pier H: 15 (10 + 5 bus gates) 
Pier J: 23 (14 + 9 bus gates)
Check-in counters/drop-off points 11 (19)* Approx. 76
Baggage carousels 3 (5)* 8
Parking spaces in parking structure From 2021: approx. 2.200 By 2023: total of 8,500

*After completion of Pier G