Terminal 3 is taking shape in the south of Frankfurt Airport. Upon completion of its main building and the four piers G, H, J and K, it will have a handling capacity of up to 25 million passengers per year. Construction kicked off in 2015, initially focusing on the main terminal building with arrival and departure levels, a marketplace, lounges and an automated baggage handling system, as well as Piers H and J. Work on the first section of Pier G began in 2019. Once the parts that are now under construction have been completed, Frankfurt Airport will be able to welcome an additional 19 million passengers per year. With an investment volume of around four billion euros, Terminal 3 is one of the largest privately financed infrastructure projects in Europe.
Sustainability was a top priority when drawing up the plans for Terminal 3, as it was intended to help Fraport AG meet its climate protection targets. These include slashing the company’s own CO2 emissions to 80,000 tonnes per year by 2030 – down 65 % from the level of 1990. Terminal 3 will contribute to achieving this aim. It has been designed to minimize energy use, and will only consume half as much as Terminals 1 and 2. Among other things, a highly thermally insulated building envelope, needs-based sun protection, optimized use of daylight, efficient heat recovery and the widespread use of LEDs will guarantee the terminal is operated sustainably. An efficient displacement ventilation system will ensure fresh air from check-in all the way to the gates. The roofs of the buildings and new multi-storey car park will be covered with innovative, large-scale photovoltaic systems to generate part of the terminal’s energy requirement directly on site using solar energy. Terminal 3 will also use a comprehensive double-pipe system for the sustainable reuse of water.