October 24, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal Its owner/operator, Fraport, says it was the first terminal in the world to be designed for a new generation of wide-body aircraft which routinely use the building today.
In 1994, the first aircraft to arrive at Frankfurt’s then new Terminal 2 was a Boeing 747 of Cathay Pacific arriving from Hong Kong with 350 passengers and 22 crew members on board. Today, covering a total area of approximately 306,000 m² the building has already handled over 1,200 flight movements of the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the A380. When the terminal opened it played host to 18 airlines but that number has since more than tripled to the 70 carriers currently using the building today. While looking back at Terminal 2’s history Fraport notes a sad event, the assassination of two American soldiers on a bus in front of the building on March 2, 2011. Two more people were seriously injured in the tragedy. This led to a further tightening of the extensive security measures at Frankfurt Airport. Passenger volumes have changed rapidly in the past 20 years. Initially, 100,000 travellers in a single day was regarded as a peak traffic but, today, that figure has risen to 200,000. Dr Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG commented: “With the construction of Terminal 2, we paved the way for Frankfurt Airport and the Rhein-Main region’s continuing success story. “The planning and implementation allowed us to establish Frankfurt among the world’s most effectively networked air transport hubs.”