Frankfurt International Airport (IATA: FRA, ICAO: EDDF), known in German as Rhein-Main-Flughafen, Flughafen Frankfurt
am Main, or Frankfurt Main Airport, is located near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is the largest airport in Germany and
the largest in mainland Europe, serving as an important hub for international flights from around the world.
The airport has been expanded several times since its opening in 1936 and has now two large terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2), with a capacity
of approximately 65 million passengers yearly, and four runways. In recent years, major construction works were necessary to make the airport compatible
for the Airbus A380, including a large A380 maintenance facility, because Lufthansa has stationed its A380 aircraft fleet at Frankfurt Airport. On October
20, 2011, the fourth runway went into operation, which will allow the airport to meet the predicted demand of about 700,000 aircraft movements in 2020.
To handle the predicted passenger amount of about 90 million in 2020, a new terminal section adjacent to Terminal 1 for an additional six million
passengers opened on October 10, 2012, and a large third terminal for 25 million passengers is scheduled to be built beginning in 2013.
With 71,500 people employed at about 500 airport companies (2010), Frankfurt Airport is the single largest workplace in Germany.
The southern side of the airport, Rhein-Main Air Base, was a major airlift base for the United States from 1947 until late 2005.