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Frankfurt: new Pier A0 for A380
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) was among the first airports in the world to be served regularly by the A380. This did not require any construction work on the exisiting runway system. Taxiways was already designed to allow for A380 operations without any problems. At Terminal 1, Frankfurt Airport now also offers a docking position with telescopic passenger bridges for the Airbus superjumbo: At Gate B46, two boarding bridges for the main deck and a third one for the upper deck are available as of immediately. Also Gate B26 is A380-compatible. Three additional docking positions for the Airbus superjumbo are provided at the new Pier C/D in the redeveloped terminal section between Terminals 1 and 2. The new Pier A0 (which will extend westward from Terminal 1) offers four more A380 positions by. Furthermore, the planned new Terminal 3 at the southern side of FRA features six positions for the A380. The goal is to ensure that the A380 and its 555 passengers are handled just as fast and efficiently as the B 747 jumbo jet. This requires optimization of boarding procedures, gate allocation, and handling procedures as well as construction of new passenger boarding bridges and larger gate rooms. The new spacious gate waiting rooms at Terminal 2 can accommodate up to 800 passengers.