As air travel keeps growing, airports must expand to keep pace with the traffic. The most recent new airport designs include Germany’s Frankfurt Airport which this month started construction on a new Terminal 3; Salt Lake City released renderings of the ongoing massive overhaul of its airport; and Portland will add a new wing to one of its terminals.
Officials in Germany this month held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on Frankfurt Airport’s big Terminal 3 complex — a project that will take years to complete. The first phase of construction, which won’t be finished until 2022, includes the main terminal building and two piers of aircraft gates (designated Piers H and J) that can handle up to 14 million passengers a year. (Officials of Fraport, the airport’s owning company, noted that the passenger capacity of the existing terminals 1 and 2 will soon be exceeded due to continuing traffic growth.) In the future, the airport will be able to add another two piers to increase T3’s capacity to 25 million passengers. The new facility will be linked to the existing terminals with a new SkyLine people-mover system.
Salt Lake City
The firms handling design and construction of the new terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport have released renderings of what the finished project will look like. Preliminary work started last year, and the terminal won’t be finished until 2020. The three existing terminal buildings will be consolidated into a $1.8 billion, three-story terminal building and 4,000-foot-long linear concourse will include 75 new gates, moving walkways, and new shopping, dining and parking areas.
Check out a video fly-through of the new terminal here.
In January 2016, Portland International Airport in Oregon will begin work on a $98 million, 44,000 square foot expansion of Concourse E on the north side of the terminal, adding new gates and food-and-beverage outlets. When it’s finished, Alaska Airlines will move from concourse space south of the terminal to the newly expanded north side, and United will do the reverse. In the months ahead, Portland will also redesign its security checkpoints, and overhaul the ticket lobby and baggage claim areas.
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