2007-12-23 - FRA new runway approvedFrankfurt Airport: Third runway gets planning permission
Planungsgenehmigung für dritte Bahn<br /> Fraport AG's executive board chairman Dr. Wilhelm Bender called it a "Historic day for Frankfurt Airport and for aviation in Germany," at the signing of the zoning decision on airport expansion by Hesse minister of economics, transport and state development, Alois Rhiel, in Wiesbaden.
Speaking to journalists, Bender explained that an "important step on the road to Frankfurt Airport's urgently needed expansion" has now been taken. Only expansion will ensure the competitiveness and future of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), which is number three in Europe and ranks in the top 10 worldwide.
Bender said that expansion of the airport is also a "national task". Germany's central airport needs a secure future in the aviation growth market to be successful at an international level, because the number of passengers and the amount of airfreight is expected to double by 2020. Bender pointed out that the approximately EUR4 billion airport expansion is the biggest private enterprise investment project in Germany. Furthermore, up to EUR300 million are being invested annually in existing facilities.
Bender explained that timely decisions are important. The new runway is expected to be inaugurated no later than the 2011 winter timetable. "Frankfurt is coming," stressed Bender "is the message we are sending to world markets - where more than 150 airports currently have expansion projects".