New Frankfurt Runway

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was presented with an aerial photograph of Frankfurt’s new runway 07L after arriving on the first aircraft to land. (KEY-Tom Allett)

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was presented with an aerial photograph of Frankfurt’s new runway 07L after arriving on the first aircraft to land. (KEY-Tom Allett)

FRANKFURT AIRPORT’s fourth runway, 07L, was opened on October 21.  At 14:30 local time a Luftwaffe Airbus A319 carrying the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the first aircraft to land on the 9,186ft (2,800m) long Runway Northwest.  In front of approximately 400 invited guests Fraport’s Executive Board Chairman Fraport AG, Dr Stefan Schulte, gave a speech in which he stressed the importance of the new development for Germany’s export-oriented economy.  He said:  “This new runway will allow Frankfurt Airport finally to overcome its capacity constraints and to offer the international aviation industry growth opportunities once again.  Equally important, finally we will be able to deliver our airlines and passengers even better punctuality and quality of service now.”
He continued to say that the real function of the airport was “to serve as the gateway to the world for Germany and the German economy.  No other airport in Germany can take over this function, which is why the expansion of Frankfurt Airport is so important to the country and to the economy of Hesse and Germany.”