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GERMANY – Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), has announced its final decision to commence construction of the new Terminal 3 in 2015.

The decision comes after a comprehensive and detailed analysis of an audit study commissioned by the Hesse state government to assess the airport’s future capacity requirements.
FRA’s Terminal 3 will be built in the southern part of the airport.

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Fraport’s decision is based on expert studies by two independent research institutes on Frankfurt Airport’s forecast passenger growth. Commissioned in September 2014, these studies forecast that passenger volumes at the FRA global aviation hub will rise to between 68 million and 73 million passengers by the year 2021. Thus, the airport’s current terminal capacity of 64 million passengers per year will be exceeded by 2021.

“Frankfurt Airport is Germany’s largest place of employment and serves as the ‘Gateway to the World’ for the state of Hesse and Germany as a whole. The new Terminal 3 will emphasize this role and thus further strengthen our region. To accommodate the forecast traffic growth, it is now necessary to commence construction for the third terminal during the current year,” Fraport AG’s executive Board Chairman, Dr. Stefan Schulte said.

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Fraport’s CFO, Dr. Matthias Zieschang, added: “With an investment volume of between €2.5 billion and €3 billion, Terminal 3 will be one of Germany’s largest infrastructure projects. Refraining from using a single general contractor for the entire terminal construction, Fraport will instead award targeted multiple contracts to various companies performing specific tasks related to the project. This method already proved successful with the new Pier A-Plus at Terminal 1 that was inaugurated in 2012 on schedule and on budget. In addition, this method allows regional companies to offer their expertise and thus to benefit from the construction of the new terminal.”

Fraport will soon issue an EU-wide notice and invitation to tender for the first phase of the excavation works on the site of the future Terminal 3. Due to the time frame required for the EU tender process, the excavation works are scheduled to start towards the end of the year.

Construction time for the terminal is scheduled to take place over a period of some seven years. Thus, the new Terminal 3 is expected to become operational in 2022.

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BULGARIA: Extension of Metro’s Line 1 to Sofia Airport has opened on 2nd of April.

The new link from Boulevard Tsarigradsko Shosse to the airport is about 5km long with four intermediate stations, making the journey time to city centre about 20 minutes.

It is expected that the new rail link will release the traffic in the area by 12%.

The project cost EUR 75 million and was partially funded by European Regional Development Fund (EUR 58.7m).

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The trains will run from 5:30 am to midnight on weekdays and weekends/holidays.

Sofia Airport Metro Station is located in the eastern part of Terminal 2 and tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines that can be found at the metro station. The ticket machines accept Bulgarian levs and coins with only one of them accepting credit cards.

To connect from the metro station to Terminal 1, passengers will need to use either bus line 84 of the free airport shuttle bus.

Sofia Airport ended 2014 with the record-breaking 3,815,158 serviced passengers – 8.9% more as compared to previous year. Terminal 1 was used by 1.2 million passengers, while Terminal 2 was used by almost 2.6 million passengers.

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FRANCE: A new line on Tisseo network in Toulouse has just entered into commercial operations. T2 line, which comprises of 3 stations over a distance of 2.4 kilometres, links the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to the centre of Toulouse. After Lyon, Toulouse is the second city in France to have chosen the tram as a link between the city centre and the airport.

The Alstom Citadis trams will run every 15 minutes with the journey time between the airport and city of 32 minutes.

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CZECH REPUBLIC: A new 2.9km rail link, connecting Leoš Janáček Airport in Mošnov, and the Moravia-Silesia region has opened for public. The journey from the airport to city’s main train station takes 30 min, with three intermediate stops.

As of today, people can travel by train to Leoš Janáček Airport in Mošnov, and the Moravia-Silesia region is the first in the Czech Republic to have a regular railway connection to an international airport.

The first train stopped at the Mošnov, Ostrava Airport station before 4:30 a.m. today. The train, which stops in Ostrava–Svinov, Ostrava hlavní nádraží and Bohumín, takes around 30 minutes to make the journey between the airport and the city’s main train station.

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85% of the $21.6m rail project was financed with European Union funds.

The line opened just in time for the Ice Hockey World Championship, which will start in Ostrava on 1st of May.

Although the airport handled only 259.167 passengers last year, the region's governor, Miroslav Novák said that in the future the railway will have a big potential in connection with the Mošnov industrial zone in which some 1,500 people currently work, and the number is to be raised by 1,000 in two years.

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FINLAND: Now running into its second year, the Helsinki Airport development programme has brought many visible changes to the airport. This year, the airport will welcome a new rail connection, renovation of one of its three runways and preparations for future stages of the programme.

The extensive development programme will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to 20 million by 2020.

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According to Haapasaari SVP of Finavia Corporation and Helsinki Airport Director, one of the biggest and most anticipated changes in 2015 is the new rail connection from the airport to central Helsinki.

“Opening in July, the rail connection will bring passengers to Helsinki’s Central Railway Station in 30 minutes. The new Ring Rail line will make it a convenient connecting point also for passengers arriving by train from St Petersburg in Russia,” Haapasaari said.

Costing around 750 million euros, work on the 18km Ring Rail Line began in 2009. The line is being built by the Finnish Transport Agency, along with the City of Vantaa and Finavia.

Various safety and rolling stock tests were commissioned throughout the beginning of the year, which will culminate with evacuation drills in May to mark the end of the testing.

The Ring Rail Line project will be presented at the Global AirRail 2015 Conference, taking place in Toronto on 20-22 May, by Kari Ruohonen, Director General Projects at Finnish Transport Agency.

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