Frankfurt, Germany (ots)
- Thanks to the cooperative efforts of
all involved, Frankfurt Airport (airport code = FRA) has been able to
handle necessary additional U.S. military transport flights
temporarily during July and August - without any major disturbances.
Fraport AG's Executive Board Chairman Dr. Wilhelm Bender explained
how the experience of these weeks has demonstrated that there are
still capacity reserves to be utilized in the entire complex FRA
system, without affecting punctuality and quality.
Because of the continuing demand from airlines for extra take-off
and landing times, Fraport is moving ahead with procedures to
increase FRA's so-called coordinated aircraft movements from the
current 78 aircraft movements per hour to 80 per hour, by the spring
of 2002. Depending on the aircraft mix, traffic operations, and
weather conditions, this official traffic value is already clearly
exceeded at times: last year's hourly record of 97 take-offs and
landings was achieved on September 27, 2000.
Due to construction work at Ramstein Air Base (west of FRA), the
U.S. Air Force had to divert 25 to 30 flights per day to FRA between
July 22 and August 13. Fears that the additional military flights
would affect operations at Germany's largest airport proved to be
unfounded, thanks to the smooth coordination between Fraport AG, DFS
Deutsche Flugsicherung (responsible for air traffic control and
navigation services in Germany) and the U.S. Air Force.
ots Originaltext: Fraport AG
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