As a place for business, Hessen is distinguished by its exceptional location within the European market. Within a radius of 200 km around Frankfurt, 35 million people can be reached. The excellent transportation infrastructure here also allows the location to be exploited to the fullest extent.
Frankfurt Airport provides Hessen with Europe’s number one freight airport and number two passenger airport. Moreover, Frankfurt train station is the largest and busiest in Europe.
Second only to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the commercial airport at Frankfurt am Main in Germany is Europe’s most important airport, with 57 million passengers and 2.1 million tonnes of cargo annually, and approximately 75,000 employees (in 2012).
Because of increasing demands on air traffic, the airport needs to be expanded, which would secure its competitiveness and create additional jobs.
It has been estimated that an expansion would bring 34,000 new jobs to Hessen and an additional 57,000 to the rest of the country. This makes the airport a job engine for the entire country of Germany. More information about Frankfurt Airport can be found here.
Hessen is a leader in public transportation. The entire area of the State of Hessen is covered by transportation links. The financial investments that Hessen makes into its public transportation system are clearly worthwhile, evidence by the fact that the new S-Bahn urban railway routes are booming and train stations in Hessen are once again becoming focal points in cities and communities.
Frankfurt Central Station
With over 350,000 travellers daily, the central train station in Frankfurt is the most important rail hub in Europe and optimally integrated into the German high-speed rail system. To reach Frankfurt, one needs only 1.5 hours from Kassel, Germany, less than 3.5 hours from Berlin, and less than 4 hours from Paris. Frankfurt Central Station is also the focal point of the Rhine-Main transportation association, which is the largest in Europe, covering 14,000 square kilometres.
As a central north-south/east-west hub, the main roadway intersection at Frankfurt (Frankfurter Kreuz) is the most traversed roadway intersection in Europe, with more than 300,000 vehicles travelling through daily. Two of Germany’s main roadways cross here: the A3 from west to south and the A5 from the north to Switzerland.
The A7 is the most important connection between northern and southern Europe, while the A4 is a significant east-west connection. Many logistics firms have settled in North Hessen near the junction at Kirchheim, which is where the motorways cross.