Construction starts on new Pier A-Plus at Frankfurt Airport
The foundation stone for the new Pier A-Plus was laid today by the Hesse state premier Roland Koch, Fraport AG executive board chairman Dr. Stefan, and Lufthansa chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber at a ceremony signaling the start of construction and attended by about 250 invited guests.
The new pier is scheduled to be completed in 2012 at a cost of close to half a billion euros. Spread over an area of more than 185,000 square meters, Pier A-Plus will provide additional capacity for around six million passengers yearly and will be used exclusively by Lufthansa.
Featuring a progressive design and equipped with state-of-the-art airport and terminal infrastructure, Pier A-Plus will create an ambience allowing passengers to relax in comfortable surroundings prior to boarding their flight. Along with a variety of retail outlets and restaurants in the expansive boarding area, Pier A-Plus will include a total of six new Lufthansa lounges with around 7,500 square meters of floor space. Aside from two Senator and two Business Lounges, a new First Class lounge will be located there. The anti-glare elements fronting the intelligent and modern façade will reduce CO2 emissions by 28 per cent compared with similar-type buildings.
On completion, the 790 meter-long pier will provide terminal docking positions for seven wide-body aircraft: four of them designed for handling the future Lufthansa flagship, the Airbus A380. Alternatively, eleven short-haul aircraft can be handled in parallel at the new pier.
Dr. Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG Executive Board Chairman, underscored the need for capacity expansion at Frankfurt Airport: "With the expansion of the airport as well as extensive modernization and enlargement of existing facilities, we are increasing the competitiveness of Frankfurt Airport as one of the world's most efficient air traffic hubs. Hub airports are evolving into central development junctions in the network of the globalized economy: This is where passenger flows, the transport chains of goods and the exchange of know-how all converge."