Dry Excavation
At the Heart of Terminal 3

The Excavators Arrive

The first step for building the new terminal’s main building was to dig a huge pit covering an area of 65,900 square meters and extended down to a depth of five-and-a-half meters. A single person with a spade would probably take decades to finish the job. To accomplish it in half a year, five excavators with a shovel volume of up to two cubic meters each, three bulldozers, and countless trucks were needed.

Five excavators, each with a shovel volume of up to two cubic meters, worked day in and day out

During times of peak activity, up to 300 truckloads of earth were excavated each day.

Spanning an area of 69,500 square meters, the pit for the main terminal building was as large as nine soccer fields.

The finished pit has a depth of 5.5 meters, just above the water table.

During times of peak activity, up to 300 truckloads of earth were excavated each day.

Lots to Discover

This interactive informational graphic provides an overview of the area, showing what was moved during the dry excavation phase.

Fascinating Worlds and Unexpected Depths

Get a 360° view of the biggest sandbox at Frankfurt Airport.

Related Topics: Main Building