People of diverse faiths hailing from dozens of countries land daily at Frankfurt Airport. Once there, these passengers can take advantage of special facilities to practice their religions while traveling. A total of nine chapels and prayer rooms in both terminals are available for them to meditate and pray in. The represented religious communities also organize joint events, such as the Festival of Abrahamic Religions that takes place every November.
Frankfurt Airport opened its first chapel back in the 1970s in cooperation with the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg. Over the years, the wish and need for facilities for members of other confessions also grew, leading to the addition of Jewish and Muslim prayer rooms. “Frankfurt Airport is unique with its balanced offering of prayer rooms for multiple religions,” says Christian Meyer, the deputy head of the Diversity department of Fraport, the airport’s operator.
All Three Monotheistic World Religions Under One Roof
The Christian chapel in the publicly accessible (pre-security) area of Terminal 1 hosts a Catholic mass every day and Protestant services and concerts several times a week. Each terminal also boasts Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayer rooms (in the respective transit zones), all of which are open around the clock.
The staff of the Christian Church at Frankfurt Airport includes two Catholic priests and two Protestant pastors. They bless travelers, hold baptisms and memorial services, provide spiritual consolation, advice and support to employees and travelers, and work closely with the airport’s Christian Social Service for dealing with emergencies and helping passengers in need.
The Muslim prayer rooms are mainly used around midday, and especially for Friday prayers. “A member of our Intercultural Affairs team also helps Muslims who travel via Frankfurt while untertaking the Hajj―the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca―to put on their traditional pilgrim’s garments, among other things,” explains Christian Meyer.
This year, Israel’s Chief Rabbi inaugurated the new Jewish prayer room in Concourse C of Terminal 1. The Muslim prayer room in the transit zone of Terminal 1 has also recently been renovated.
A glance at the comments entered in the guestbooks in these prayer and worship rooms leaves no doubt about the great importance they possess for many travelers. A Christian group on a pilgrimage, a Muslim businessman, a Jewish family on its way to a holiday destination: these and many others have expressed how “happy and grateful” they are for these places of refuge at Germany’s largest airport. “Many thanks for this unexpected place of stillness at Frankfurt Airport,” wrote one passenger. “It’s good to know there is somewhere quiet where travelers can pray.”
As expressed in the slogan, “Gute Reise! We Make It Happen”, Fraport AG, the airport’s operator, consistently focuses on customers and meeting their needs. Based on this commitment, Fraport is constantly developing and implementing new services and activities to improve the customer experience at Germany’s largest transportation hub.