Ready to Roll
Pier G - High Flexibility Thanks to Long-Range Planning

Temporarily decommissioned but not resting

The construction of Pier G has been completed, but because passenger volumes are still so low it has been temporarily decommissioned. But this doesn’t mean that it has simply been locked up and abandoned. Over the next few years, regular maintenance and repair work will keep it in tiptop condition. Then, during the final 12 months before its actual debut, the last installations will be made and a barrage of tests and real-time air travel simulations carried out.

In visual terms, the pier has nearly reached its final form. Its design takes inspiration from modern urban lifestyle.

A Suitcase Labyrinth

The base of Pier G contains the baggage conveyor system. It comprises 1,244 meters of iron tracks roughly equivalent to the length of Frankfurt’s well-known Zeil shopping street.  Later the system will carry tens of thousands of suitcases a day between their owners and aircraft. The conveyor belts and required connections rest on an iron substructure. In early 2022 the overall system was roughly tested with more than 3,000 baggage items at the same time.

A brief tour of the new Pier G

Pier G has been completed and is now being kept in stand-by mode. The current plans call for it to begin operating in 2026 (or possibly earlier if required) along with the rest of Terminal 3, including Piers H and J. When the time comes, it will be possible for up to five million passengers a year to begin their journeys there. They will be able to conveniently get to Terminal 3 via a new Sky Line people mover. After checking in and clearing the security check, they will then cross a large marketplace with shops and restaurants on their way to the gates. Arriving passengers will be guided to the baggage claim and then also be able to ride the new Sky Line to the long-distance and regional train stations in the north of the airport. Pier G will be used by both Schengen and non-Schengen passengers and has been optimized for direct point-to-point flights to popular holiday destinations, with lean, no-frills processes to facilitate handling.

More on the passenger journey