Frankfurt airport expansion faces delay

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2004 , FRANKFURT - In what could be a setback for Frankfurt's international airport's badly-needed expansion aims, a new runway project could be delayed for a further two years due to its proximity to a chemical plant, it was reported Tuesday. The daily Frankfurter Neue Presse said that the Ticona chemical plant, located close to the proposed new runway, remains an obstacle in the planning stages. Delays in resolving the problems would mean that the new runway will only be ready by 2009 at the earli

25 May 2004

FRANKFURT - In what could be a setback for Frankfurt's international airport's badly-needed expansion aims, a new runway project could be delayed for a further two years due to its proximity to a chemical plant, it was reported Tuesday.

The daily Frankfurter Neue Presse said that the Ticona chemical plant, located close to the proposed new runway, remains an obstacle in the planning stages.

Delays in resolving the problems would mean that the new runway will only be ready by 2009 at the earliest, as against the Frankfurt airport's plans to open the runway in the spring of 2007.

The Frankfurt airport company Fraport declined to comment on the report, but Alois Rhiel, Hessen state Economics Minister, was due to hold a press conference in the afternoon to discuss the issue.

The Ticona chemical plant is located only a few hundred metres from the planned site of the new runway, with federal safety officials last February voting against the airport expansion plans.

Additionally, the European Union threatened action at the end of March in contending that the risks posed by the proximity of the chemical plant had not been studied in time. But the EU did signal that it could refrain from filing a suit against Germany if the risk evaluation study is repeated.

Fraport says it badly needs a new runway, with the airport currently pushing its capacity limits. The new runway would help to boost takeoffs and landings at Frankfurt airport by 50 percent. Besides the runway, Fraport aims to build a new terminal.

 

DPA

Subject: German news 

0 Comments To This Article