Fraport, which owns and operates Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany, has received permission from the building inspectorate of the city of Frankfurt for the construction of Pier G at the airport.

It had originally been envisaged for Pier G to be built after the completion of the first construction phase of FRA’s new Terminal 3.

The main terminal building with Piers H and J is expected to begin operations in 2023.

However, Fraport has taken up the construction of the new pier earlier than planned in response to increased passenger growth.

Pier G, which is slated to become operational in 2021, will initially expand FRA’s capacity by four to five million passengers and up to six to seven million when fully completed.

A Fraport spokesperson said: “We’re very pleased to have obtained the green light for building Pier G. Given the prolonged permit process, however, we’re now analysing how to arrange Pier G’s construction schedule to optimally meet the ongoing strong traffic growth.

“Our goal is still to offer additional state-of-the-art handling capacities as soon as possible to relieve our existing Terminals 1 and 2. The plan is to award the contract for the construction of Pier G to a general contractor by early 2019.”

To be built as a modern, fully functional passenger-handling facility, the new pier will be later integrated into FRA’s new premium Terminal 3.

Pier G will feature lean processes that will enable passengers to get to their flights quickly and easily by the shortest possible paths.

Total floor area of all storeys will be approximately 306,000m² under the first construction phase, with Piers H and J. Pier G under the second phase will have a total floor of nearly 55,000m² and 97,000m² when fully completed.

Retail and food and beverage space under the first phase will be approximately 9,700m² and 1,960m² under the second phase.

Contract for the construction of Pier G will be awarded by early 2019 on the basis of an EU-wide invitation to tender.

Fraport Ausbau Süd, a fully owned subsidiary of Fraport, will monitor and coordinate the construction project.