FRA T2 to reopen on 1 June; duty free and travel value shopping in transit area

By Andrew Pentol |

Extensive upgrades have been undertaken in Frankfurt International Airport Terminal 2, which will reopen on 1 June 2021.

Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2 is to reopen on 1 June having been closed since March 2020 due to the decrease in flights as a result of the pandemic.

Airport manager Fraport has used the pause period to carry out extensive upgrades, repairs, and to modernise projects in the Terminal 2 complex, which was inaugurated in 1994. The new terminal hall now features 3,136 new glass panes in five skylights of the terminal roof.

Coinciding with the terminal’s reopening, some restaurants and other services will resume serving passengers and visitors.

Like at Terminal 1, these retail and food outlets will be subject to the current legal requirements, focusing initially on meeting travellers’ basic needs. A supply of food and beverages will be ensured, but only on a takeaway basis until further notice.

Food and beverages may be consumed everywhere, but passengers and visitors must keep a sufficient distance from others when removing their facemasks for eating or drinking.

DUTY FREE AND TRAVEL VALUE IN TRANSIT AREA

In addition to restaurants and food stands, shops selling magazines and newspapers, will be open, while guests can enjoy duty fee and travel value shopping in the transit area.

Hygiene products can be purchased in shops and via vending machines. Other services available include a pharmacy, currency exchange, tax refund, customs and car rental services.

A list (updated daily) of the shops and restaurants open at Terminal 2, including information on their business hours and click & collect opportunities, can be found on the airport’s website.

Comprehensive health measures (see above infographic) have been implemented to thoroughly prepare for the reopening of the terminal. These include 3,000 floor markings and 480 see-through partitions installed at the check-in counters. Every-other seat has been blocked off in the waiting areas and 30 disinfectant dispensers have also been installed.

“It’s naturally up to each individual to comply with the rules for preventing infection,” remarked Sascha König, who heads Fraport AG’s terminal resource management department.

Effective 1 June, the Terminal 2 parking facilities will also be fully operational, while the visitors terrace will remain closed until August.

König added: “We’re very pleased to announce that after more than a year, Terminal 2 will finally be reopening. This will put us in an excellent position for handling the predicted increase in passenger volumes during the upcoming summer months.

“Of course, we’re also doing everything possible to prevent infection and safeguard the health of our passengers and employees at Terminal 2.”

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