Fraport and Lufthansa establish a new joint venture

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In the photo, from left to right: Dirk Schusdziara, Managing Director, FraAlliance; Jens Ritter, CEO of Lufthansa Airlines; Dr. Pierre Dominique Prümm, Executive Director of Aviation and Infrastructure, Fraport; and Jörg Harnisch, Managing Director, FraAlliance.

Fraport and Lufthansa have formed a new joint venture, named “FraAlliance”, which aims to improve the quality of products and services at Frankfurt Airport.

Each company holds a 50% share in the new venture and intends to use FraAlliance to strengthen its existing cooperation on strategic and operational issues at Frankfurt Airport and to deepen its long-standing partnership regarding improving services at Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1.

The joint venture aims to improve aspects related to business development and operations, customer experience, infrastructure, intermodality and sustainability. Improvements are to be achieved by analyzing and optimizing processes in terminal operations, as well as adopting a common, customer-focused approach to product development. The objective is to improve all processes and product offerings for flights, while strengthening the airport’s competitiveness.

One of the first results of this strengthened partnership is the availability of real-time updates for aviation security checkpoints in the Lufthansa app. This allows Lufthansa passengers to see waiting times at checkpoints in Frankfurt via the app, allowing them to take these times into account when planning their schedule and making travel arrangements.

In another project, passenger flows were carefully analyzed and optimized. This will significantly reduce transfer times for approximately one million passengers per year by removing unnecessary and duplicate security checks.

Pierre Dominique Prümm, Executive Director of Aviation and Infrastructure at Fraport AG, says: “With this joint venture, we are creating a very responsive and efficient team that can pursue areas of mutual interest and continue to improve passenger services. This is an important signal for Frankfurt Airport’s medium and long-term prospects.

Jens Ritter, CEO of Lufthansa Airlines, says: “We want to offer our customers a reliable, punctual and first-class travel experience. The Joint Undertaking will allow us to put a stronger and more focused focus on the projects needed to achieve these goals. The new partnership in our Frankfurt hub will bring significant added value to our customers through the implementation of innovative and future-oriented measures.

The FraAlliance team is made up equally of the two companies. The new joint venture is co-led by Dirk Schusdziara (previously Senior Vice President (SVP) Business Affairs Central Unit Airside and Terminal Management, Corporate Safety and Security of Fraport AG) and Jörg Harnisch (previously Head of Lean Project Management and of the CoE Improvement process within the Lufthansa Group).

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