Ready to Take Off
Pier G - Highly Flexible Thanks to Farsighted 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. Yet 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

Construction is visibly advancing in all parts of the pier; currently the baggage conveyor system is taking shape in its base. The first parts of the iron tracks were installed in early 2021. With a total length of 1,244 meters, they wend their way through the building. Later the system will carry tens of thousands of suitcases a day to and from aircraft. Once the iron substructure is in place, the technicians go to work to install the conveyor belts and required connections. Then individual sections are tested. In early 2022 things will really start getting exciting: that’s when the overall system will be put through its paces 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.

 

 

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