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Frankfurt Airport to re-open North Runway ahead of predicted summer traffic rise


Frankfurt Airport has announced that its Northwest Runway (07L/25R) will resume operations on June 1 in anticipation of a rise in aircraft movements this summer.

It believes that its expectations are backed by the forecasts issued by Eurocontrol, the European air traffic co-ordination agency.

“There has already been an increase in take-offs and landings in Frankfurt in recent weeks,” states airport operator, Fraport.

“If numbers continue to rise, the runway will be required to ensure operations continue to run smoothly and to avoid delays.”

The decision to resume use of the Northwest Runway was made by Fraport in conjunction with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS). DFS is responsible for air traffic control in Germany.

In response to the sharp fall in traffic volumes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fraport took the Northwest Runway out of service between March 23 and July 8, 2020.

The runway was closed again from December 14, 2020, and is currently employed as a temporary parking space for aircraft.

Fraport notes that Frankfurt Airport is well prepared for the increase in passenger traffic in the summer season, although Terminal 1 remains the only facility in use at the moment.

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