Fraport Terminal 3 Frankfurt Flughafen
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Frankfurt Airport Terminal 3

Frankfurt am Main

Flughafen Frankfurt Terminal 3
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Construction of Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport

The new Terminal 3 terminal building is to be built in the south of Frankfurt Airport to handle passenger traffic. This includes the adjacent aprons, traffic developments, multi-storey car parks and other infrastructure measures, such as a passenger transport system. As part of an engineering consortium, Schüßler-Plan was commissioned with the structural design for the new building.

The total annual capacity of the terminal facilities at Frankfurt Airport is to be increased from approx. 56 million passengers to approx. 89 million passengers. The new passenger terminal is to handle a total of 75 aircraft positions, 50 of which will be at the building and 25 at apron positions. The design work places high priority on the economic efficiency and flexibility of the terminal project. The overall terminal construction project is designed to provide a high degree of modularity, both on the land side and the air side as well as in all functional areas. Here, the definition of an individual module is crucial in order to make problem-free adjustments at a later date, should capacity requirements change. As the basis for a growth concept, the building is divided into two construction phases. The first construction stage is designed to be self-contained and functional. The second construction stage serves as additional capacity.


The primary goals for the construction of the new terminal are:

  • To increase the capacity of Frankfurt Airport by approx. 15 million passengers per year by constructing the first construction phase (CP 1).
  • Full hub terminal.
  • Current target area: up to 260.000 m² gross floor area (GFA).
  • Growth-oriented, demand-oriented provision of handling capacity.
  • Increase in handling quality by providing up to 25 additional building positions in CP 1 and improved, up-to-date operational organisation.
  • Ensure the expandability of CP 1 (additional terminal areas and piers).
  • Meet all requirements contained in the new EU safety regulations.
  • Provide a contemporary passenger facility with low operating costs.
  • Achieve the climate targets set by the client.

Envisaged functional areas in the new terminal:

  • Terminal land side (4 levels / upper storeys)
  • Terminal air side (4 or 5 levels / upper storeys)
  • PTS station (3 levels / upper storeys)
  • Piers (3 or 4 levels / upper storeys)

Project Data


Fraport AG


Frankfurt Airport

Technical Specifications of Structural Engineering

GFA: 260,000 m²
GFA incl. piers: 306,000 m²

Technical Specifications of Bridge

Foundation depth: 25 m
Clear width: 26.5 m
Headroom: 11 m
Span widths: 18 m
Length 560:

Technical Specifications of Tunnel

Length: 120 m
Clear width: 9.5 m
Headroom: 4.5 m
Minimum overburden: 0.5 m
Maximum overburden: 3 m
Standard cross-section: 9.5

Services Schüßler-Plan

Building Construction and Structural Design

  • Structural design (building construction)
  • Building construction and structural design (civil engineering and traffic facilities)
  • Feasibility studies
  • (Structural) fire protection

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic consulting
  • Traffic engineering studies

Construction Management

  • Site management
  • Construction and site supervision
  • Contract, claim and quality management
  • Abutting property owner management and PR management
  • Health and safety coordination

Construction Logistics

  • Construction work scheduling
  • Scheduling
  • Production concepts
  • Supply and disposal

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Special civil engineering
  • Soil mechanics, earthwork and soil engeneering
  • Environmental engineering: construction and industry
  • Earth engineering control tests

Fraport Terminal 3 Frankfurt Flughafen

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