Frankfurt – Stop Airport Expansion, Germany

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Expansion of Frankfurt International Airport FRAPORT has a very long history: It started in the late 1970ties with „No Runway 180 West! And continued till today with „No Runway North-West“ and „No Terminal 3!“ Local citizens‘ initiatives are continously opposing airport expansion though not being successful in preventing the opening of Runway #4 „Runway North West“ in 2011. Continuing their Protest since then they demand night flight ban, massive reduction of aircraft traffic and renaturation of runway north west. They are cooperating with  climate justice groups, and environmental NGOs.


Detailed description of the conflict and its political and environmental significance coming up here soon.

Basic Data

Name of conflict:Frankfurt Airport Expansion, Germany
State or province:Rhein-Main-Area, Hesse
Location of conflict:Frankfurt
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Source of Conflict

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Project Details and Actors

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Company names or state enterprises:Fraport AG
Relevant government actors:
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Bündnis der Bürgerinitiativen Kein Flughafenausbau! Nachtflugverbot 22 -6 Uhr! BBI Kein Flughafenausbau Nachtflugverbot (
Klimattac Frankfurt klimattac – – Attac Deutschland – (
FridaysforFuture Frankurt am Main Fridays for Future Frankfurt am Main | Fridays for Future Frankfurt am Main (  

Conflict & Mobilization

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Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Land dispossession


Project Status
Conflict outcome / response:
Development of alternatives:Instead of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure like this airport, there is need of a climate just form of mobility. Shifting short and medium haul flights to the railway; changing patterns of travel, work and holidays; elimination of the privileges of the aviation industry and introduction of a kerosene tax
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not yet. Will take much more efforts to come to success.
Briefly explain:Until now, the Airport Expansions could not be hindered – still fighting.

Sources & Materials

Related laws and legislations – Juridical texts related to the conflict
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websitesWebsite of Bündnis der Bürgerinitiativen Kein Flughafenausbau! Nachtflugverbot 22-6 Uhr! (BBI)
BBI Kein Flughafenausbau Nachtflugverbot ( Fraport’s description of Airport Expansion
Flughafenausbau (
Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network 

Meta information

Contributor:Knut Dörfel, Bündnis der Bürgerinitiativen Kein Flughafenausbau! Nachtflugverbot 22-6 Uhr! (BBI) Michael Flörsheimer, Bündnis der Bürgerinitiativen Kein Flughafenausbau! Nachtflugverbot 22-6 Uhr! (BBI)
Last update08.04.2021
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