Frankfurt Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Frankfurt Airport
nativename = Flughafen Frankfurt am Main




image2-width = 100
caption2 = Logo of Frankfurt Airport
IATA = FRA
ICAO = EDDF
type = Public
owner =
operator = Fraport
city-served = Frankfurt am Main
location =
elevation-f = 364
elevation-m = 111
coordinates = coord|50|2|0|N|8|34|14.2|E|region:DE-HE_type:airport|display=inline,title
website = http://www.frankfurt-airport.com
metric-rwy = yes
r1-number = 07L/25R
r1-length-f = 13,123
r1-length-m = 4,000
r1-surface = Asphalt
r2-number = 07R/25L
r2-length-f = 13,123
r2-length-m = 4,000
r2-surface = Concrete
r3-number = 26L12
r3-length-f = 8,202
r3-length-m = 2,500
r3-surface = Concrete
r4-number = 183
r4-length-f = 13,123
r4-length-m = 4,000
r4-surface = Concrete
footnotes = Source: EUROCONTROLGerman Aeronautical Information Publication from [http://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/eadcms/eadsite/index.php.html EUROCONTROL] ]
1 As per NOTAMs runway is unlit/unmarked until May 2008 and instrument approach suspended until December 2008
2 Runway 26L is a displaced threshold of Runway 07R/25L. [ [http://www.fraport.com/cms/company/dok/81/81482.halsdtop.htm Fraport Corporation - HALS/DTOP] ]
3 The opposite end of Runway 18, which if marked would be Runway 36, is unused.

Frankfurt am Main International Airport Airport codes|FRA|EDDF, known in German as Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen and in rest of Europe with the code " FF " is located near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, convert|12|km|mi|0|abbr=on southwest of the city centre. Run by Fraport, it is by far the largest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third largest in Europe and the eighth largest worldwide. It can be considered the busiest airport in the world when measured by the number of international destinations served. It is also the busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic. The southern side of the airport, Rhein-Main Air Base, was a major airlift base for the United States from 1947 until late 2005, when it was acquired by Fraport.

There are plans to expand Frankfurt Airport with a fourth runway and a new Terminal 3. Modifications to the airport to make it Airbus A380 compatible have already started, including the building of a large A380 maintenance facility near the former U.S. Air Base which is not yet completed. The work on the fourth runway has been delayed several times due to environmental concerns, but received zoning approval in December 2007. The runway could be in operation by 2010.

Frankfurt is a hub of Lufthansa, the German national carrier. Lufthansa's other main hub is Franz Josef Strauß International Airport in Munich where many key medium and long haul routes are also available, lessening the need to overburden Frankfurt Airport.

Terminals

Frankfurt Airport has 2 terminals altogether. Terminal 1 is divided into two, A and B. Frankfurt Airport has 45 boarding gates altogether.

Importance

Frankfurt Airport is the third largest airport by passenger traffic in Europe after London Heathrow Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, as well as the eighth largest airport worldwide.

World's busiest airports by passenger traffic [Airport Council International: [http://www.aci.aero/aci/aci/file/Press%20Releases/2008/PR_180308_PrelimResults_2007_final.pdf Total Passenger Traffic 2007] ]

Frankfurt is also the busiest European airport by cargo traffic and ranks seventh largest worldwide.


= World's busiest airports by cargo traffic [Airport Council International: [http://www.airports.org/cda/aci_common/display/main/aci_content07_c.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-212-219-227_666_2__ Year to date Cargo Traffic 2007] ] =

In terms of plane movement, Frankfurt was second in Europe in 2006 with 489,406 landings and take offs, between Paris Charles de Gaulle (541,566) and London Heathrow (481,476).

Access

Public transport

There are two railway stations at Frankfurt Airport: one for regional trains and one for long distance trains.

The Airport Regional Railway Station at Terminal 1 provides access to the S-Bahn lines S8 and S9 which depart every 15 minutes during the day to Wiesbaden in the west via Rüsselsheim and Mainz and to Hanau in the east via Frankfurt Central Station, Frankfurt city centre and Offenbach am Main. The journey time to Frankfurt Central Station is 11 minutes, to the city centre (Hauptwache) 15 minutes. The first S-Bahn trains arrive at 4:28h from Frankfurt and Hanau, and at 4:29h from Mainz and Wiesbaden; the last ones depart at 1:32h to Frankfurt, at 0:29h to Wiesbaden and at 0:59h to Rüsselsheim.

Regional express trains to other destinations like Saarbrücken in the west, Koblenz down the Rhine valley to the north, or Würzburg in the east also call at the Regional Railway Station, as do some long distance trains, especially at night when the Long Distance Railway Station is closed.

The Airport Long Distance Railway Station was opened in 1999. It is the end point of the new-build Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line, which links southern Germany to the Ruhrgebiet via Cologne at speeds up to convert|300|km/h|mph|abbr=on. All ICE trains between Cologne and southern Germany stop at Frankfurt Airport, taking slightly less than an hour from Cologne. About 10 trains per hour depart in all directions.

The station is squeezed in between the A3 and the four-lane "Bundesstraße" B43, linked to Terminal 1 by a building that bridges the Autobahn. Arriving railway passengers can check in right at the train station for about 60 airlines.

Deutsche Bahn operates the AIRail Service in conjunction with Lufthansa, American Airlines and Emirates. The service operates to the central stations of Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

Various transport companies provide bus services to the airport.

Car and taxi

Frankfurt Airport is located in the Frankfurt City Forest and directly connected to a Autobahn intersection called Frankfurter Kreuz where the A3 and A5 meet. It takes a 10-15 minutes ride by car or taxi to get to Frankfurt Central Station or the city centre. A taxi ride cost approximately € 25 or slightly more.

There are multi-level parking garages along the terminals, mostly underground, for passengers coming with their own car. A long term parking lot is located south of the runways, on the site of the former US military installation, with a shuttle bus to the terminals.

Ground transportation statistics

In 2006, 29.5% of the 12,299,192 passengers whose air travel originated in Frankfurt came by private car, 27.9% came by rail, 20.4% by taxi, 11.1% parked their car at the airport for the duration of their trip, 5.3% came by bus, and 4.6% arrived with a rental car.Statistical data prepared by Fraport department MVG-MF based on polls conducted in the departure lounges every four days]

History

The Rhein-Main Airport and Airship Base opened in 1936 and was the second-largest airport in Germany (after Tempelhof Airport in Berlin) through World War II.

Plans for a new airport in the south of Frankfurt existed since before 1930, but they were not realized due to the Great Depression. After 1933 the plans were revived by the Nazi regime and they started the construction of the airport. Initially the airport was the main base for the airships "LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin" and "LZ 129 Hindenburg", but the regular flights were discontinued after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.

During World War II the airport saw military use; from August to November 1944 the concentration camp Walldorf existed close to the airport where female prisoners were forced to work for the airport.

After the war, it served as the main West German operations base for the United States Air Force's contribution to the Berlin Airlift. Since the main runway deteriorated due to the heavy use, a second runway was constructed during this time. The German Lufthansa finally recommenced their flights from Frankfurt in 1955.

The airport did not emerge as a major international hub until 1972, when its new passenger terminal (now Terminal 1) opened. The runways were extended to 3,000 meters in 1957 and further extended to 3,900 meters in the following years. A new terminal building was opened in 1958. In 1962 it was decided to build an even larger terminal building ("Terminal Mitte"), planned for 30 million passengers per year. The works on this terminal began in 1965 and it was opened to the public in 1972.

Planning for a new runway (18 West) began in 1973. This project spawned massive protests by residents and environmentalists. While the protests and related lawsuits where unsuccessful in preventing the construction of the runway, the "Startbahn West" protests were one of the major crystallization points for the German environmentalist movement of the 1980s. The protests even continued after the runway had been opened in 1984. [ [http://www.hr-online.de/website/specials/startbahn_west/index.jsp?rubrik=20784&key=standard_document_27754626 hr-online: Startbahn West Chronik] ]

Work on a new Terminal building began in 1990; the "Terminal 2" was opened in 1994. The new railway station at the airport was inaugurated in 1999.

The Rhein-Main Air Base of the US Air Force was closed in 2005 and the property passed to Frankfurt airport.

tructure and function

Frankfurt Airport has two main passenger terminals, which are connected by corridors as well as by people movers and buses.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 opened on 14 March 1972, called "Terminal Mitte" (Central Terminal) back then for being in the middle of the runways, and between the original terminal in the east and the cargo area in the west. It was designed in a modern style for the period, with polished silver interiors and corrugated walls.

The terminal is functionally divided into three levels, the departure level in the upper deck with the check-in counters, the arrival level with the baggage claim areas at ground level and, underneath, a distribution level with access to the (regional) train station and the underground and multistorey parkings. Departure and arrivals levels have both separate street approaches. A bus station is located at arrivals level. Parallel to the terminal, on the other side of the street, are a hotel and an office building ("FAC" = Frankfurt Airport Center). The three level deep underground parking garages are beneath those buildings. The tracks of the train station run between the terminal as such and the range of office and hotel buildings.

The land side of Terminal 1 is 420 meters long. Horizontally it is divided into three areas called A, B, and C.

It is divided into three concourses. Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners currently dominate all of Terminal 1.

Concourse A

Concourse A has gates on two levels, with gates numbered A51 through A65 positioned directly above gates numbered A08 through A42. [ [http://www.airportcity-frankfurt.com/cms/default/rubrik/13/13183.level_3_departure.htm Terminal maps] ]
*Adria Airways (Ljubljana, Vienna)
*Austrian Airlines (Vienna)
**Austrian Airlines operated by Austrian Arrows (Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna)
*Cirrus Airlines (Basle/Mulhouse)
*Croatia Airlines (Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb)
*LOT Polish Airlines (Gdansk, Kraków, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw)
*Lufthansa (Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Algiers, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Ashgabat, Asmara, Astana, Athens, Atlanta, Bahrain, Baku, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Bergen, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Boston, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest-Otopeni, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cairo, Calgary, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dammam, Delhi, Denver, Detroit, Doha, Donets'k, Dresden, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Ekaterinburg, Faro, Florence, Gdansk, Geneva, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Hof-Plauen, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta, Jeddah, Johannesburg,Katowice, Kazan, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kolkata, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore [ends 25 October] , Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Linz, Lisbon, London-City, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luanda, Lyon, Madrid, Malabo, Manchester, Marseille, Mexico City, Miami, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow-Domodedovo, Münster/Osnabrück, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nagoya-Centrair, Nanjing, New York-JFK, Newark, Nice, Nizhniy Novgorod, Nuremberg, Orlando, Oslo, Osaka-Kansai, Paderborn, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perm, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Porto, Prague, Riga, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostov, St. Petersburg, Samara, San Francisco, Sanaa, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Sofia, Split, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Tokyo-Narita, Toulouse, Toronto-Pearson, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Ufa, Valencia, Vancouver, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Washington-Dulles, Zagreb, Zürich)
**Lufthansa Regional operated by Air Dolomiti (Verona)
**Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine (Bordeaux, Breslau)
**operated by PrivatAir (Newark, Pune)
*Luxair (Luxembourg)
*Scandinavian Airlines System (Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda)
*Spanair (Madrid)
*Swiss International Air Lines (Zürich)

Concourse B

*Aegean Airlines (Athens, Thessaloniki)
*Air Algérie (Algiers)
*Air Canada (Calgary, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson)
*Air China (Beijing, Shanghai-Pudong)
*Air Malta (Malta)
*Air Moldova (Chiṣinău)
*Air Namibia (Windhoek)
*Alitalia
**Alitalia operated by Alitalia Express (Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino)
*All Nippon Airways (Tokyo-Narita)
*Bulgaria Air (Sofia)
*Carpatair (Timişoara)
*Condor Airlines (Agadir, Anchorage [seasonal] , Antalya, Burgas, Cancun, Colombo, Gan Island, Fairbanks [seasonal] , Halifax, Havana, Holguin, Ibiza, La Palma, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Las Vegas, Mauritius, Minorca, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Palma de Mallorca, Porlamar, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Recife, Rhodes, Salvador, San José (CR), Santo Domingo, Tangier, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Tobago, Vancouver, Varadero, Whitehorse)
*Cyprus Airways (Larnaca)
*EgyptAir (Cairo)
*Estonian Air (Tallinn)
*Kuwait Airways (Kuwait)
*Libyan Airlines (Tripoli)
*Lufthansa (See Concourse A)
*Middle East Airlines (Beirut)
*Olympic Airlines (Athens, Thessaloniki)
*Qatar Airways (Doha)
*Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca)
*Royal Jordanian (Amman)
*Singapore Airlines (New York-JFK, Singapore)
*South African Airways (Cape Town [ends 26 October] , Johannesburg)
*SriLankan Airlines (Colombo)
*SunExpress (Antalya)
*Syrian Arab Airlines (Aleppo, Damascus)
*TAM Linhas Aéreas (São Paulo-Guarulhos)
*TAP Portugal (Funchal, Lisbon, Porto)
*TAROM (Bucharest-Otopeni, Cluj-Napoca)
*Tunisair (Djerba, Monastir, Tunis)
*Turkish Airlines (Ankara, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir)
*United Airlines (Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles [ends 26 October] , San Francisco, Washington-Dulles)
*Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City)

Concourse C

*Air India (Chicago-O'Hare, Delhi, Mumbai)
*American Airlines (Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth)
*Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon)
*Brussels Airlines (Brussels)
*El Al (Tel Aviv)
*Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa)
*Iran Air (Tehran-Imam Khomeini)
*Jat Airways (Belgrade)
*Lufthansa (See Concourse A)
*Thai Airways International (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
*US Airways (Charlotte, Philadelphia)

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened on the 24 October 1994. It is designed to resemble a classical railway station from its landside facade. It is divided into two concourses.

Concourse D

*Aer Lingus (Dublin)
*Aeroflot-Don (Rostov-on-Don)
*Air France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
**Air France operated by Brit Air (Lyon)
*Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
*Air Via (Bourgas, Varna) "seasonal"
*Belavia (Minsk)
*Blue Wings (Adana, Kayseri)
*B&H Airlines (Sarajevo)
*Bulgarian Air Charter (Bourgas, Varna) "seasonal"
*China Airlines (Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan)
*China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai-Pudong)
*Czech Airlines (Prague)
*Delta Air Lines (Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, New York-JFK)
*Eritrean Airlines (Asmara)
*FlyLal (Vilnius)
*Free Bird Airlines
*Georgian Airways (Tbilisi)
*Gulf Air (Bahrain)
*Inter Airlines (Antalya, Istanbul-Atatürk)
*Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Narita)
*KLM
**KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam)
*Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon)
*Kuban Airlines (Krasnodar)
*Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur)
*Montenegro Airlines (Podgorica)
*Northwest Airlines (Detroit)
*Omskavia (Chelyabinsk, Omsk)
*Pegasus Airlines (Antalya)
*Rossiya (St. Petersburg)
*Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah, Riyadh)
*Sky Airlines (Antalya)
*Transaero (Moscow-Domodedovo, St.Petersburg)
*TUIfly (Antalya, Catania, Chania, Ibiza, Karkyra, Kos, Lanzarote, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Sal [begins November 6] , Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Thira)
*Turkmenistan Airlines (Ashgabat)
*Ukraine International (Kiev-Boryspil, Lvov, Simferopol)
*Uzbekistan Airways (Tashkent)

Concourse E

*Aeroflot (Moscow-Sheremetyevo)
*airberlin (Alicante, Araxos, Arrecife, Berlin-Tegel, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez, Kos, Lamezia Terme, La Palma, Malaga, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Rhodes, Santorini, Tenerife-South, Zakynthos)
*Air Astana (Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanay)
*Air Transat (Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver)
*Albanian Airlines (Tirana)
*Ariana Afghan Airlines (Kabul)
*British Airways (London-Heathrow)
**British Airways operated by BA CityFlyer (London-City)
*Bulgarian Air Charter (Burgas, Varna)
*Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
*Clickair (Barcelona)
*Continental Airlines (Newark)
*Cyprus Turkish Airlines (Ankara, Antalya)
*Emirates (Dubai)
*Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi)
*Finnair (Helsinki)
*Flybe (Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton)
*Hamburg International (Erbil)
*Iberia (Madrid)
**operated by Air Nostrum (Zaragoza)
*Icelandair (Reykjavik-Keflavik)
*KrasAir (Omsk)
*LAN Airlines (Madrid, Santiago)
*Malév Hungarian Airlines (Budapest)
*Niki (Vienna)
*Nouvelair (Monastir)
*Qantas (Singapore, Sydney)
*SATA International (Ponta Delgada)
*Saravia (Saratov)
*S7 Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Omsk)
*Yemenia (Sanaa)

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa maintains a separate First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport for the use of its first class passengers. The terminal is exclusively available to passengers flying Lufthansa First Class or Lufthansa's Miles & More HON Circle members, that depart with a flight operated by Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional or SWISS. Passengers flying other Star Alliance partners in First Class have no access to the First Class Terminal. The terminal has 200 staff for around 300 passengers per day, and provides individualized security screening and customs facilities, valet parking, a white-linen restaurant, a cigar room and bubble baths. Passengers clear exit immigration controls in the terminal and then are driven from the terminal directly to their aircraft by a chaffeured Mercedes S-Class or Porsche Cayenne. The commercial success of the FCT at Frankfurt has led Lufthansa to plan the opening of a similar facility at Munich International Airport. ["A Bubble Bath and a Glass Of Bubbly — at the Airport," "Wall Street Journal", July 10, 2007. [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118402795529161584-search.html?KEYWORDS=%22first+class+terminal%27&COLLECTION=wsjie/6month] ]

Other features & amenities

Frankfurt has two cargo terminals, North and South, as well as a separate General Aviation Terminal on the south side of the airport. There is also a Sheraton hotel adjacent to Terminal 1. Terminal 1 also has a full-service German Post Office & DHL office open to the public.

Former airlines and destinations

*Aeromexico (Mexico City) formerly (Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
*Air India (Bangalore, Chennai, Los Angeles)
*Air Jamaica (Montego Bay)
*Air New Zealand (Auckland, Los Angeles)
*Air Seychelles (Mahé)
*Armavia (Yerevan)
*Austrian (Klagenfurt)
*Avianca (Bogota) (Starts November 2008)
*Braniff International Airways (Dallas/Fort Worth, Boston)
*Cameroon Airlines (Douala)
*Canadian Airlines (Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto-Pearson)
*Cubana de Aviacion (Havana)
*Delta Air Lines (Athens, Berlin-Tegel, Bucharest-Otopeni, Budapest, Dallas/Fort Worth, London/Heathrow, Los Angeles, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Orlando, Prague, San Francisco, St Petersburg, Warsaw, Zagreb) - "Delta still serves Frankfurt from Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, and New York-JFK. Most of these destinations are already served by Delta from the ATL and JFK hubs nonstop. FRA was at one time a Delta hub."
*Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta)
*Lufthansa (Anchorage, Asuncion, Baghdad, Dakar, Damascus, Dhahran, Glasgow, Guayaquil, Kathmandu, Kingston, La Paz, Lima, Manila, Melbourne (AU), Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Nairobi, Phoenix: Lufthansa has stated reopening its route to Phoenix is on the agenda. The city is also in discussions with the airline about reopening the route. [ [http://atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=13219 Lufthansa may reopen Phoenix gateway - ATW Online: ] ] [http://phoenix.gov/skyharborairport/about/PAAB_Agenda_Packet-Jun2008.pdf] , Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, San Juan (PR), Santiago de Chile, Sydney, Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan)
*Pakistan International Airlines (Amsterdam, Cairo, Damascus, Islamabad, Istanbul, Karachi, Lahore, New York-JFK, Paris, Toronto, Washington D.C) [service to resume winter 2008 as Lahore-Frankfurt-Glasgow-Lahore/Faisalabad]
*Pan American World Airways (Athens, Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Leningrad (now St Petersburg), London-Heathrow, Miami, Moscow, New York-JFK, Prague, San Francisco, Warsaw, Zagreb)
*Philippine Airlines (Manila)
*Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan,Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
*TAESA (Berlin-Tegel, Cancun, Lisbon, Mexico City)
*TWA (New York-JFK)
*US Airways (Pittsburgh)
*Varig (São Paulo-Guarulhos)

Incidents

In 1969, Ariana Flight 701, a Boeing 727 of Ariana Afghan Airlines was arriving at London Gatwick Airport from Frankfurt when it crashed into a house, killing 50 of the 66 people aboard. Two people died on the ground.

On 22 May 1983 during an airshow at the Rhein-Main Air Base, a Canadian RCAF F-104 Starfighter crashed onto a nearby road, hitting a car and killing all passengers, a vicar's family of 5. The pilot was able to eject.

In 1988 the first leg of Pan Am Flight 103 (a Boeing 727) took off from Frankfurt. About half of the passengers and baggage were from other flights and had changed planes to Flight 103 at Heathrow Airport to continue to New York. A bomb exploded on the aircraft (Boeing 747) above the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all the passengers on board. The bomb is believed to have been planted by Libyan terrorists.

In September 2007, German authorities arrested three suspected Islamic terrorists for plotting a "massive" terror attack, which posed "an imminent threat" to Frankfurt Airport and the US Air Force base in Ramstein. [ [http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1282791,00.html 'Massive' Terror Plot Foiled In Germany (Sky News)] ]

ee also

* Fraport
* Frankfurt-Hahn Airport
* Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Fernbahnhof
* Rhein-Main Air Base

References

External links

* [http://www.frankfurt-airport.com Frankfurt Airport] (official site)
*
* [http://www.aci.aero/cda/aci/display/main/aci_content.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-54_9_2__ Passenger Traffic 2005] [http://www.aci.aero/cda/aci/display/main/aci_content.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-54-57_9_2__] [http://www.aci.aero/cda/aci/display/main/aci_content.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-54-190_9_2__]


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