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Frankfurt Airport’s Winter Services team is ready

Frankfurt Airport’s Winter Services team is ready ( An average of about 1,400 aircraft per day are taking off or landing at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), one of the leading aviation hubs in the world. On peak days, well over 200,000 passengers use the terminals. Although Frankfurt probably will not have a white Christmas this year, the Winter Services team is well prepared to ensure safe and smooth operations during snowy and icy conditions.

Long before the first snowfall, the Winter Services team prepares for the upcoming winter season in extensive training periods with all-year-long theoretical training sessions. Starting in summer, the Winter Services staff undergo practical operational runs on the apron to familiarize themselves with the various special-purpose vehicles and to study the clearing concepts for the runway system in depth. Four full rehearsals in November ensure well-studied process flows and smooth operations.

For the current season, FRA’s Winter Services team can call upon a team of 1,373 employees, who are available around the clock in a three-shift system. They are responsible for some 9.1 million square meters of operational areas at Frankfurt Airport – equivalent to more than 1,200 soccer fields. To help clear snow and ice, the Winter Services team relies on 319 specialized vehicles and utilizes. Some 3.1 million liters of ground and aircraft de-icing agent, 168 metric tons of granulated agent, 750 metric tons of salt, and 160 metric tons of sand are available for clearing the ice and snow.

When heavy snowfall occurs, FRA’s Winter Services team is responsible for keeping not only the runways clear but also the taxiways and apron and other operational areas. This is not an easy job. Depending on the intensity of the December 21, 2015 52/2015 snowfall, clearance can require from 30 minutes to more than 60 minutes per runway – during which time the runways cannot be used. Snow and ice also have to be removed from the aircraft surfaces before planes can take off. In addition, when visibility is impaired, the distances between individual planes must be increased during take-offs and landings. Thus, the onset of winter weather can – despite all of the preparations and resources – lead to flight disruptions. The safety of all participants, passengers and employees alike, is always of the utmost importance. This is why the efforts of Frankfurt Airport’s Winter Services team are so essential.

Due to the mild weather so far this season the Winter Services team has not yet been actively deployed – only on standby duty 15 times. Fraport’s N*ICE subsidiary performed 509 aircraft de-icing operations. All important facts and figures on FRA’s Winter Services 2015/2016 can be found in our infographic.

Fraport AG – which ranks among the world’s leading companies in the global airport business – offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on four continents. In 2014, the Fraport Group generated sales of €2.4 billion and profit of about €252 million. Last year more than 108.5 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake. At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled some 2.2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2014. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 88 passenger airlines flying to 247 destinations in 100 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA’s destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) – underscoring Frankfurt’s role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the thirdbusiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany’s largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 80,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Major new real estate developments – such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park – are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.

Almost half of Germany’s population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub – the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region’s dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA’s world route network enables Hesse’s and Germany’s export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.

Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport – which is strategically located in the heart of Europe – is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.

MEDIA CONTACT: Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. – International Spokesman and Head of International Press/PR & External Activities Team, Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications, 60547 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; E-mail: ; Internet: PRESS RELEASE

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