Frankfurt To Get Fourth Runway With Limits

16.1.2009   (Aviation  Week)



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Date: 16 January 2009

IATA Welcomes Decision on Frankfurt’s Fourth Runway

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today welcomed the
decision of the Hessen State Court to approve the construction of a fourth runway
and Terminal 3 at Frankfurt’s Rhein-Main Airport.

"This is an important decision for Germany because a strong, competitive aviation
sector with the right infrastructure supports employment and economic growth,"
said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of IATA.   "However, while the
decision on expansion is welcomed, the proposed restriction on night flights is
not. Frankfurt is a global hub that needs global connectivity. Severe restrictions
on night flights constrain international cargo operations and will hurt economic
growth. This should be reconsidered in a future court ruling."

"Aviation takes its environmental responsibilities seriously with a vision for
carbon-neutral growth en-route to a carbon-free future," said Bisignani.   "Our
track record is good. Aircraft are 70% more fuel-efficient and 75% quieter than
they were 40 years ago. And the global fleet is getting even quieter and more
fuel efficient. In the first 11 months of 2008 1,037 new aircraft – with improved
fuel efficiencies of 20-30% – were delivered while 881 inefficient old aircraft
were parked. All of these improvements will contribute to a 4.5% drop in emissions
in 2009 and minimise the environmental impact of aviation in Frankfurt and worldwide
in the future."