Mittwoch, 25. April 2018


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Frankfurt Airport introduces reusable bamboo cups for coffee to go

Frankfurt, (lifePR) - “A cup or a pot?” For decades this was the main query when it came to enjoying coffee in a German restaurant or café. Today the question is: “disposable or bamboo?” An increasing number of coffee drinkers are making the environmentally friendly decision to order their coffee in reusable cups when traveling. In turn, restaurant owners have decided to reward that by offering a small discount. This concept is in full swing at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), with all restaurants in both terminals participating. In line with the initiative, Fraport, the airport’s operator, has now introduced stylish bamboo mugs with an airport-themed design.

About 25,000 hot beverages are passed across the counters of Frankfurt Airport’s restaurants and cafés every day. FRA is one of the most important and busiest international aviation hubs that sees a large number of transfer passengers. It’s therefore no surprise that the customers, who are often in a hurry, order their coffee or tea to go. In order to sustainably decrease the usage of disposable cups, restaurant owners from both terminals came together in an agreement and are offering an incentive to those patrons who bring their own cup – whether made of porcelain, bamboo or any other material. Depending on the restaurant, getting your own cup filled could equate to a discount of up to 50 cents on the drink ordered. Alternatively, passengers, guests and airport staff can donate the discount to an environmental group, thus doing good for the environment in a twofold way.

“Passengers and staff can now purchase the perfect reusable travel cup right here at Frankfurt Airport,” explains Daniel Gemander from Airport Retailing, who is responsible for managing the launch of FRA’s reusable cup. Made from a material as light as bamboo, it’s the ideal travel companion. The cup was created by Berlin-based designer Julia Schonlau and exhibits everyday scenes of life at the airport. It is available at over 50 participating cafés and restaurants throughout FRA, at a cost of €12.95 – including the first filling. “We’re especially happy that all restaurants in the terminals are taking part,” adds Gemander. “That makes it more appealing for frequent flyers and airport staff to adopt the reusable cups. If we can reach these two groups then we’ve already made significant progress. Of course, there’s nothing like taking the time to linger over a good cup of coffee from a classic porcelain cup.”

The Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection also welcomes Frankfurt Airport’s new sustainability project. In 2016, the ministry launched the “BonusBecher” (bonus cup) initiative, which more than 3,600 businesses have since joined statewide. All of them offer a discount for using reusable cups. The goal of the initiative is to sustainably reduce the number of disposables. In Germany alone, more than 2.8 million cups land in the trash each year. Thanks to the many airport restaurants and cafes now joining the effort, this number will soon be reduced.

Fraport AG - Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide

Fraport AG, which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business, offers, offers a full range of integrated airport management and consulting services. The company boasts a global portfolio of subsidiaries and other investments - including the operation of 24 airports on three continents. In business year 2016, the Fraport Group generated sales of €2.59 billion and profit of about €400 million. Some 105 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake during 2016. In its Mission Statement, Fraport places the focus on customers. The Group's commitment to ensuring a "good trip" to all passengers and travelers is also reflected in the corporate slogan: "Gute Reise! We make it happen". This commitment applies to all of Fraport's business activities and services both at Germany's largest aviation hub in Frankfurt and the Group's airports worldwide.

At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed more than 60 million passengers and handled about 2.11 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2016. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 89 passenger airlines flying to 262 destinations in 100 countries worldwide. With 128 intercontinental destinations, almost half of all destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) - underscoring Frankfurt's role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks second in terms of cargo tonnage and is the fourth busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany's largest job complex at a single location, employing approximately 81,000 people at some 450 companies and organizations on site. Almost half of Germany's population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub - the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region's dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA's world route network enables Germany's export-oriented businesses to flourish in global markets. Likewise, FRA is a key gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport - which is strategically located in the heart of Europe - is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.

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