Construction continues. Because the recovery is dragging on, Frankfurt Airport is postponing the opening of the new Terminal 3 for another year. </p><div> <p>Originally, the new Terminal 3 should have opened next year. But then it was decided to add one floor to the new building in the south of Frankfurt Airport and to postpone the opening to 2023. And after the outbreak of the Corona crisis, the management board of the airport operator Fraport decided to continue building, but to postpone the opening again - to 2025.
Now this date has been adjusted again. “It is planned to open Terminal 3 with piers G, H and J in 2026,” Fraport wrote on Tuesday (March 16) in the announcement on the annual figures. “Since we do not expect to reach roughly the pre-crisis level in passenger numbers until 2026, we are planning the start of operations accordingly,” said a company spokesman.
Low-cost airline expansion almost finished
The work on Pier G is “already well advanced,” added the spokesman. “Depending on the development of demand, we would have the flexibility, if necessary, to be able to put it into operation earlier than Terminal 3 as a whole”. Pier G is intended for low-cost airlines and can accommodate five million passengers a year.
In addition to a passenger hall, the new Terminal 3 includes two piers H and J and 24 gates with passenger boarding bridges. The expansion creates an additional capacity of 14 million passengers annually; if fully expanded, 25 million would be possible. It is located around 2.6 kilometers as the crow flies from the previous Terminals 1 and 2. A 5.6 kilometer long railway line is being built to connect it.
See what Terminal 3 should look like in the picture gallery above and find out more details about the expansion project.