Frankfurt airport temporary ban on night flights between 11pm and 5am
after 30th October, between 11pm and 5am. The total ban will stay in effect until
the German Federal Administrative High Court in Leipzig can weigh in on the decision.
Lufthansa Cargo says the ban will kill off its business, which has 11 of the total
17 night slots, and uses 8 – 10 of them. They want 23 night movements by 2020.
A new Frankfurt runway is due to open on 21st October.
The ban on night-flights at Frankfurt Airport from 30 October is a drastic signal
for the German logistics industry, claimed Lufthansa Cargo (LC) Chairman Karl
Ulrich Garnadt today.
and ecologically absurd.
to more noise, higher fuel consumption and more costs running into millions.”
lanes, said Garnadt.
decoupling it from the international goods flows constitutes a severe blow to
the air traffic industry. No other transport mode is subject to such operational
before the introduction of the winter flight schedules.
number of flights have had to be re-located to daytime slots or to the early and
late hours of the day. Some individual connections – to China, for example – have
for several hours after an evening departure from Frankfurt so as to fly on, as
originally planned, at night-time in the direction of the Far East.
from Frankfurt to Cologne/Bonn Airport to operate the “indispensable overnight
flights for the German logistics industry to North America”.
(the supreme court of appeal) would allow a minimum of necessary night flights
in its final ruling.
importance of competitive operating times at German airports. I firmly assume
that the Leipzig court will reach a commensurate balance between the economic
necessities of the exporting nation Germany and the interests of local residents.”
noise emissions. That achievement should be recognised in any decision on the
issue of operating times at German airports.”
flights at Frankfurt Airport starting October 30. The total ban will stay in effect
until the German Federal Administrative High Court in Leipzig can weigh in on
allowed the airport to operate 17 flights between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. This reduction
in night flights was the price imposed for allowing Frankfurt workers to build
a new runway.
to Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. Before the high court could
issue a ruling, Hesse decided to make night flying illegal at Frankfurt.
decision has “caught a lot of people by surprise.” The superior court ruling will
still take precedent, but although its decision could overturn the lower court’s
verdict, the ban stays in place until a final result is determined.
Payne said. “We don’t know exactly when their decision is coming.”
challenges carriers now face. “Implementation of this decision means cancellation
of some internationally coordinated slots already allocated to the airlines, and
there remain only 19 days until the start of the new Winter 2011/12 flight schedule,”
the statement read. “This creates a very difficult situation for the airlines,
the cargo shippers, Fraport and, of course, the passengers, and it has implications
for the worldwide network of flight connections.”
eventually increase movements at the airport by 50 percent. “This is very significant
for us and for our customers,” he said, though he does allow that the nighttime
ban on flying presents a challenge to scheduled carriers, such as Lufthansa Cargo,
that depend on flying at night.
Cargo, the airport’s prime freighter operator, according to representatives from
the carrier reached before the Hesse court’s decision was made public.
through Frankfurt, would no longer be profitable if an absolute ban were imposed,”
Lufthansa Cargo’s Nils Haupt said at the time.
a fairly generous allocation of 11 of the available 17 slots. That, according
to Haupt, would have been a poor long-term solution for Lufthansa Cargo. Eleven
slots, he said, equates to the airline’s current requirements on night movements.
of the cargo market,” Haupt said. “We have made a proven economic case to the
government that we will require at least 23 nighttime movements by 2020.”
away from Frankfurt entirely, but they admit there are limited alternative choices
Airport,” Haupt said. “But to do so would require us to operate an additional
30,000 annual truck movements to make the 120-kilometer connection between the
two airports, which are not linked by autobahn.”
a blow to cargo operations at Germany’s largest airport just as it prepares to
open its new runway.
effect just after the entry into service of the new runway, slated for October
21, and will only be used for landings.
airport between the hours of 2300 CET and 0500 CET, mostly used for cargo flights.
a night flight ban would hurt Germany’s freight market and benefit hubs in the
middle east, which are expanding rapidly.
hoped to increase that to 11 once the new landing strip was opened. It said the
ban would cost it millions of euros and would result in flights being rearranged
was down 1.7 percent at 9.77 euros.
wanted more restrictions on night flights.
to get permission for the new runway and adjacent terminal and local residents
took legal action after the 17 night movements were allowed anyway.
at Frankfurt later this year, or at the start of 2012. Its decision will take
precedence over that of the Hesse court.
Frankfurt Airport prepares to open new runway, eyes growth
capacity that has attracted interest from airlines wanting to start new services,
a Fraport executive told ATW this week at the World Route Development Forum in Berlin.
experience that not all of this demand will turn into actual flights, but we can
confirm some major coups for the upcoming winter season,” communications manager-international
press Robert Payne said. For instance, All Nippon Airways will be deploying its
first Boeing 787 to FRA from Tokyo Haneda starting in January and Singapore Airlines
will start operating an Airbus A380 from Singapore to FRA, continuing on to New
York JFK, from January. Emirates has announced a third daily service to Dubai
and Continental Airlines will launch a second daily service from Newark, while
home carrier Lufthansa will resume Rio de Janeiro flights and launch several new
83 coordinated aircraft movements an hour to 126. Capacity will be gradually ramped
up and the plan is to grow flight movements between 4% and 7% annually.
runways, which all extend over 4,000 m. It will be used strictly for landings
(bi-directionally) by aircraft smaller than the 747. Payne said, “We have been
operating at maximum [runway] capacity for some years but this is putting us back
in the ball game, big time.”
110 countries from/to FRA. Passenger throughput was 53 million in 2010 and Fraport’s
goal is to eventually bring this to 90 million passengers annually.
which also includes an expanded passenger terminal pier for Star Alliance carriers,
a new terminal and a major expansion of its cargo facilities and capacity. FRA
is Europe’s largest cargo airport. It is the third largest in terms of passenger
numbers, after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
of which four can accommodate the A380. It has a design capacity of 6 million
passengers annually. It will open next summer and will be dedicated to Star carriers.
The first stage of construction on that facility should begin by the end of 2016/early
2017. In line with the airport’s integrated terminal concept, FRA’s people mover
(or “Sky Line”) will be extended to Terminal 3, Payne confirmed.