Building the Future

People Mover System From Terminal to Terminal

Machines and construction workers are busily digging and building in the south of Frankfurt Airport to create the new terminal, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023. But how will passengers get from there to Terminals 1 and 2 and back? After all, two runways separate it from the rest of the airport. Wolfgang Holzhausen and other planners have been racking their brains for years to solve this puzzle.

Many construction sites

Wolfgang Holzhausen explains in the video where the new passenger transport system is being built.

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Road ConnectionsHow to Reach the New Terminal by Car, Taxi or Bus

Frankfurt Airport is the Rhine-Main Region’s gateway to the world: air travelers depart from here to nearly 300 destinations worldwide. Of course, an enjoyable departure includes not only a quick and easy check-in process, a pleasant ambiance and helpful employees, but also relaxed transportation to the airport.

Traffic flow

The graphic visualizes the future traffic flow.

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Special Foundation WorkFrom Excavators to Divers: Foundation Engineering

We normally associate divers more with thrilling deep sea expeditions and coral reefs than with Germany’s largest airport. But the fact is that it takes more than excavators, cranes and construction workers to build Terminal 3. The next phase is that of special foundation work, during which trained divers round out the team and work underwater in the flooded construction pit.

Divers on Terminal 3 construction site?

Find out more in the new video clip on foundation engineering.

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Pier GTaking the Second Step Before the First

You can’t take the second step before the first―or can you? The answer is: yes! At Frankfurt Airport, at least. Namely by advancing the construction of Pier G before the main building of Terminal 3 has been completed.

Preparatory measures

First work for Pier G has been started.

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Piers H and JMany Parts Combine to Form a Whole

In a city like Frankfurt, it isn’t always easy to find a parking space―especially when you have a wingspan of 80 meters and a length of 73 meters like the A380 wide-body airliner. Piers H and J of Terminal 3 in the south of Frankfurt Airport will therefore boast a total of 24 new adjacent docking positions, four of them able to accommodate extra-large aircraft. Passengers will also enjoy maximum comfort and convenience in the new piers with total floor space of around 103,000 square meters.

Up the walls!

The infographics explain how the piers grow up.
 

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Main BuildingAt the Heart of Terminal 3

The main building is the heart and core of Terminal 3. Here passengers will begin their journeys and be welcomed back by loved ones when returning. Travelers and visitors will arrive on the platform in front by car, bus, or the airport’s new people mover system, then enter the departure hall where passengers can check in and drop off their luggage.

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People Mover System From Terminal to Terminal

Machines and construction workers are busily digging and building in the south of Frankfurt Airport to create the new terminal, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023. But how will passengers get from there to Terminals 1 and 2 and back? After all, two runways separate it from the rest of the airport. Wolfgang Holzhausen and other planners have been racking their brains for years to solve this puzzle.

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Road ConnectionsHow to Reach the New Terminal by Car, Taxi or Bus

Frankfurt Airport is the Rhine-Main Region’s gateway to the world: air travelers depart from here to nearly 300 destinations worldwide. Of course, an enjoyable departure includes not only a quick and easy check-in process, a pleasant ambiance and helpful employees, but also relaxed transportation to the airport.

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Special Foundation WorkFrom Excavators to Divers: Foundation Engineering

We normally associate divers more with thrilling deep sea expeditions and coral reefs than with Germany’s largest airport. But the fact is that it takes more than excavators, cranes and construction workers to build Terminal 3. The next phase is that of special foundation work, during which trained divers round out the team and work underwater in the flooded construction pit.

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Pier GTaking the Second Step Before the First

You can’t take the second step before the first―or can you? The answer is: yes! At Frankfurt Airport, at least. Namely by advancing the construction of Pier G before the main building of Terminal 3 has been completed.

More

Piers H and JMany Parts Combine to Form a Whole

In a city like Frankfurt, it isn’t always easy to find a parking space―especially when you have a wingspan of 80 meters and a length of 73 meters like the A380 wide-body airliner. Piers H and J of Terminal 3 in the south of Frankfurt Airport will therefore boast a total of 24 new adjacent docking positions, four of them able to accommodate extra-large aircraft. Passengers will also enjoy maximum comfort and convenience in the new piers with total floor space of around 103,000 square meters.

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Main BuildingAt the Heart of Terminal 3

The main building is the heart and core of Terminal 3. Here passengers will begin their journeys and be welcomed back by loved ones when returning. Travelers and visitors will arrive on the platform in front by car, bus, or the airport’s new people mover system, then enter the departure hall where passengers can check in and drop off their luggage.

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The New Terminal

The new terminal is currently being built in the south of Frankfurt Airport. After its completion in 2023, up to 21 million passengers a year will enjoy its urban architecture, diverse services and large selection of shops and restaurants. Welcome to the future!

Terminal 3 Browser Game

During the dry excavation phase, a pit with an expanse of 65,900 square meters and a depth of 5.5 meters was dug in only six months. To achieve this, excavators removed up to 300 truckloads of earth a day. Now you can try your own hand at it while shooting for the highest score in Terminal 3 game!

PortraitsThe People Behind Terminal 3

Albert Husel, Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator

“The safety and health of the construction workers are very close to my heart.”

Albert Husel, Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator

Dr. Achim Jaup, Project Manager for Special Underground Engineering

“The many possibilities, the complexity and the sheer size of Frankfurt Airport as a place of work are fascinating”

Dr. Achim Jaup, Project Manager for Special Underground Engineering

Wolfgang Holzhausen, responsible for the people mover system

“The greatest technical challenge is building while the airport is operating.”

Wolfgang Holzhausen, responsible for the people mover system

Ortwin Mücke, project manager for the road connections

“A project of this magnitude is always exciting for a construction engineer.”

Ortwin Mücke, project manager for the road connections

ThrowbackThe construction progress in aerial photographs

In June 2017, the dry excavation had been finished completely while the special foundation work was just starting. Below the pit, the 136 meter long exit ramp is already taking shape. It will form an important part of the road connection. In this picture there is no trace of the new People Mover System yet, but after its completion in 2023, on it will transport passengers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 in only eight minutes.

 

What happened so far

The most important milestones in our interactive timeline

Fraport and the city of Frankfurt initiate talks on expansion of the airport.
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October 1997
Fraport’s supervisory board decides to expand the airport.
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September 27, 2000
Fraport holds an architectural competition.
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July 2001
Foster and Partners of London win the architectural competition.
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June 28, 2002
Fraport announces the start of the implementation competition.
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December 2002
Architect Christoph Mäckler from Frankfurt wins the implementation competition.
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May 19, 2005
Economics Minister Alois Rhiel approves the zoning plan.
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December 18, 2007
The city of Frankfurt gives Fraport permission to build Terminal 3.
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August 12, 2014
The construction of Terminal 3 kicks off with a groundbreaking ceremony.
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October 2015
In the first phase of the construction project, an area of 65,900 square meters is excavated.
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November 2015
Dry excavation to a depth of 5.5 meters is completed.
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May 2016
Road construction begins.
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June 2016
After completing the dry excavation work, the special below-ground engineering phase begins.
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Summer 2017
The pit is sealed by retaining walls.
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August 2017
The underwater excavation work continues until the pit reaches its final depth.
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September 2017
Specially trained divers prepare the bottom for underwater concreting.
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January 2018
Final construction phase of the access and exit ramps
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February 2018
The new people mover system
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March 2018
Groundwater is pumped out of the pit, purified and returned to the ground.
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July 2018
Fraport receives the building permit for Pier G.
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August 2018
The shell construction of Piers H and J begins.
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January 2019
The cornerstone of the main terminal building is about to be laid.
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April 2019
The enlarged motorway interchange is taking shape.
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2nd quarter 2019
Construction of the parking facility has already begun.
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3rd quarter 2019
The new people mover system will be built without interrupting operations at the airport.
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4th quarter 2019