Welcoming more than 60 million passengers each year, Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest in the world. However, few visitors realise the airport is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. Here Phil Sharp visits for Breaking Travel News to discover just what they are missing.
Recording an average on-time performance of 82.3 per cent for arriving and departing flights in 2013, Frankfurt Airport achieved its best punctuality score in history. Punctuality rates as high as 85 per cent were reached even during FRA’s heaviest traffic months from July to October 2013 – thus setting a new historical record for individual months.
A friendly atmosphere and a pleasant indoor climate are guaranteed for everyone who travels through Frankfurt Airport. It has been smoke-free since 2008, apart from the smoking booths available to passengers around the airport. Now Fraport has collaborated with the JTI tobacco company to create tastefully decorated, Camel-themed smoking lounges. Passengers can sit back in comfortable chairs and enjoy a cigarette before or after a long flight without affecting nearby non-smokers.
Frankfurt Airport’s popularity with passengers keeps increasing. According to a recent study, Germany’s largest aviation hub now ranks among the “Service Champions,” collecting silver for second place in terms of service quality among all German airports with nine million passengers or more a year.
Frankfurt Airport’s new Pier A-Plus - the 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal 1 - has opened on schedule after four years of construction. Flight operations will begin on October 10th at the new pier, allowing Germany’s biggest hub to serve up to six million additional passengers per year - thus a total of approximately 65 million passengers per year.
Only one hour left until your connecting flight. Your baggage is already checked through and your carry-on luggage is supplemented with Swiss chocolate just bought in the Duty-Free Shop. What now? Checking e-mails?