An additional floor is to be added at Frankfurt Airport’s under-construction Terminal 3 to house premium lounges for Gulf carriers, according to Bloomberg.
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways will reportedly get an entire floor to themselves at T3, enabling them to compete more aggressively with local carrier Lufthansa.
Matthias Zieschang, chief financial officer of airport owner Fraport AG, told Bloomberg the extra floor is being added to meet Gulf operators’ demands for more space.
The design change is contributing to a one-year delay in the terminal’s completion to 2023 and may even push construction costs beyond the budgeted €3 billion ($3.3 billion), Zieschang said.
The new floor will also reportedly double the space reserved for luxury lounges, according to Bloomberg.