Frank­furt Air­port

Con­sum­mate con­nec­tiv­ity and con­ve­nience — that’s the story of this western Euro­pean gate­way

Business Traveler (USA) - - TAKE OFFS & LANDINGS - By Jerome Greer Chan­dler

World­wide, there are a hand­ful of air­ports that set the tone for con­nec­tiv­ity and con­ve­nience – aero­dromes that ease the pas­sage from Point A to B. On the Euro­pean con­ti­nent, a few stand out. In ad­di­tion to Am­s­ter­dam and Mu­nich, Frank­fort makes an in­valu­able mark.

In an era in which eco­nomic Euroangst reigns, Ger­many re­mains a rock, an eco­nomic bul­wark. That’s cer­tainly one of the rea­sons the coun­try’s prime air­por­tal is thriv­ing. While Lon­don Heathrow is be­gin­ning to lag a bit be­cause it can’t build a des­per­ately-needed third run­way, Frank­furt Air­port opened a new land­ing­sonly north­west run­way in 2011 that will al­low it to han­dle the as many as 700,000 take­offs and land­ings per year pro­jected by the end of this decade.

This mat­ters might­ily to busi­ness trav­el­ers, for whom time – quite lit­er­ally – is money.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary sta­tis­tics from Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional, FRA han­dled some 57.52 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2012, the last full year for which sta­tis­tics are avail­able. That’s good enough to rank

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