Frankfurt Airport has started work on the redesign of its Terminal 1 forecourt and access roads.
The €36 million construction project is expected to last around 14 months and will focus on the terminal façade and entrances, as well as the pedestrian areas and roadways on the arrivals level of the terminal forecourt.
As part of the makeover, the old perforated brick exterior of the terminal arrival level will be replaced by a contemporary metal and glass façade.
In addition, the walkways and roads in front of Terminal 1 will be resurfaced and the entire area will be made brighter and more welcoming through improved lighting.
Airport operator, Fraport, claims that additional traffic-calming measures on the roadways by the terminal will make the forecourt more attractive to pedestrians.
And in the middle zone of the forecourt, LED walls will be added to create a multi-media experience.
Fraport’s executive board member for controlling and finance (CFO), Dr Matthias Zieschang, enthuses: “We wish to improve the travel experience significantly for our passengers, their meeters and greeters, as well as the environment for airport staff.
“The redesigned forecourt will serve as an attractive reception area, especially for our international guests.
“Because regular terminal operations will continue during the construction phase, we ask passengers for their understanding about temporary traffic restrictions and rerouting.”
Fraport’s will also enhance the traffic flow along the busy access roads to Terminal 1. This includes measures to provide drivers with better guidance and to keep the traffic moving at all times.
“Due to the existing high utilisation of Terminal 1, we are well aware of the situation facing drivers during peak hours. Thus, we are taking steps to alleviate traffic congestion, particularly in view of the growing passenger volumes at Frankfurt,” adds Zieschang.
Fraport will be installing barriers (gates) to the access lanes at the arrivals and departures levels of Terminal 1.
Traffic management will be similar to Terminal 2, whereby general traffic may use terminal access roads free of charge for the first 10 minutes. Once this period is exceeded, parking charges apply and must be paid at automatic pay stations.
This measure has successfully addressed the issue of double-parking in front of Terminal 2 – which is the most frequent cause of slow-moving traffic on terminal access roads.
Those who intend to park longer than 10 minutes in front of the terminal can use the spacious multi-level car parks or the open-air car parks – reached by exiting at the front section of the terminal-access road, thus maintaining smooth vehicular flow on the access roads.