Friday morning, German transport company Fraport submitted the building permit application to the city of Frankfurt to build a new terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers due to the explosion of low-fare-seeking passengers in recent years.

Lufthansa operates a massive fotress hub from Frankfurt Airport, always putting pressure on low-cost carriers. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

With construction planned to begin in the Summer of next year, the project is still relatively far off. Having a capacity of around 5 million passengers, this pier costs around €200m and is scheduled to be completed in 2020. This new pier adds to the plans of the construction of Terminal 3, which will house a selection of other full-service carriers.  With the high demand of flights, the expansion of Frankfurt Airport is crucial for the city of Frankfurt and the country of Germany as a whole. It is expected that the actual terminals will hold up to 64 million passengers in 2020, but with the inauguration of the newly-announced low-cost terminal, it will be closer to 70 million.

Fraport executive board chairman Dr Stefan Schulte said in a statement, “The new pier is designed as a fully functional passenger terminal tailored specifically to the needs of low-cost carriers and will be optimally integrated into Frankfurt Airport’s hub system.”

A bus shuttle will be available to transport passengers from Pier G (the low-cost pier) to and from Terminals 1 and 2 on the northern side of the airport while the first section is build. After they finish the construction of the first section of the Terminal 3 in 2023, the G pier will be linked to the people mover system and baggage conveyor system. After the second phase of construction, the facility will be able to hold up to 7 million passengers and after the third phase jet bridges and such technologies will be added.

Frankfurt has grown into its role as a major low-cost airline hub, with the likes of leisure carriers Condor and Ryanair expanding into the market to compete with the previously-dominant Lufthansa.

Condor serves as the closest competitor to Lufthansa at Frankfurt, serving a slew of vacation destinations. (Photo: Max Trimm / Layoverhub)

Condor has Marrakesh, Nassau, Phoenix, and Grenada planned in the next six months, and Ryanair will open up a brand new base at Frankfurt with flights to Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bergamo, Brindisi, Catania, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Faro, Krakow, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Seville, Tenerife-South, Toulouse, Treviso, and Valencia beginning this Autumn.

Not to mention, low-cost carriers Air Berlin, Niki, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, TUI Fly, Wizz Air, and WOW Air all operate multiple daily flights to the massive hub, as well.

Featured photo from Frankfurt Airport.