FRA Terminal 2 celebrates completion of 20 years
Frankfurt, October 27, 2014 (STAT):-On October 24, 1994, the first flight arrived at Frankfurt Airport’s sparkling new Terminal 2: a Cathay Pacific B747-400 jumbo from Hong Kong, carrying 350 passengers and 22 crew members on board. Over past two decades more than 147 million passengers served from 18 airlines in 1994 to over 70 today – visitors’ terrace has become popular attraction for airport fans from near and far.
“By building Terminal 2, we succeeded in providing the means necessary for continuing the success story of Frankfurt Airport and the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region. The timely planning and implementation of the required facilities has enabled us to sustainably establish Frankfurt as one of the best-connected places in the global air transportation system.” commented Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte on 20th anniversary milestone.
Designed by JSK Architects of Frankfurt, Terminal 2 set new standards in design and comfort. The spacious and airy architecture – suffused by natural light from the glass facade and skylights – enhances the overall air travel experience. With a total area of 306,000 m², Terminal 2 was the first passenger building to be built for the new generation of wide-body aircraft. Although “superjumbos” like the A380 were a long way from production at that time, the Frankfurt Airport company played a pioneering role in the industry by planning for the coming age of very large aircraft. Since 2005, when the first A380 arrived at FRA, Terminal 2 has meanwhile registered more than 1,200 movements with the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. A total of 18 airlines moved into the new terminal in 1994. Over the years, this figure has more than tripled to over 70 airlines from Europe, Asia and North America – including member carriers of the SkyTeam and OneWorld alliances (based in Halls D and E, respectively).