FRANKFURT (Fraport) - Fraport AG, the owner and manager of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), laid the foundation stone today for a major expansion of Terminal 1 that will raise the capacity of FRA's main terminal by about four million passengers per year. Both the arrivals and departures levels of Hall C will be extended by about 40 meters eastward.
This will allow for 30 additional check-in counters and 4 more baggage carousels, as well as about 900 square meters of space for shopping facilities. Fraport is investing a total of €115 million in the Hall C project, including €10 million for the new baggage conveyor system. The project also includes modernization of fire safety technology in adjoining terminal areas.
Planning for this major project started in April 2003 and preliminary work began in July this year. Completion of the building shell extension is scheduled for mid-2006 and the inauguration for June 2007. Because of the extra capacity, the enlarged halls will help bridge capacity requirements until FRA's planned Terminal 3 at the south of the airport is ready.
Like all renovation and modernization measures currently underway at Terminal 1 – which was inaugurated in 1972 – the recently started construction work must take place in tandem with regular operations. Although some construction work can be done at night, inconveniences for airport users – here as well as in other parts of Terminal 1 – cannot be fully avoided. Fraport apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks all passengers for their patience.
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