German court nixes Frankfurt night flights
Frankfurt officials reject the argument, put forward by those at Lufthansa Cargo, that the imposition of nighttime restrictions at Frankfurt will lead to forwarders moving more traffic through Amsterdam and Paris.
“It is not a view of the market which we share,” Payne said. “The indications are that more and more carriers are choosing Frankfurt as their single European cargo hub.”
Indeed, Frankfurt paints a picture of further expansion and development above and beyond that of a basic cargo hub. Cargo volumes are projected to climb to 3.16 million tonnes by 2020. The airport’s CargoCity South project, which will cover 27 hectares, is expected to be developed in stages to accommodate that growth, with more than 94,000 square meters of new cargo terminal space being provided.
More ambitious still is the proposed development of a 110-hectare site close to the airport designed to become a huge logistics-related project.
“The plan is for Frankfurt Airport to become a center of excellence for logistics,” Payne said. “Companies like German forwarder DB Schenker are planning to build their new global headquarters on this site, and there is a proposal to build a House of Logistics — in effect, a logistics university with its own campus.”