Run by transport company Fraport, Frankfurt Airport is by far the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third busiest in Europe (after London Heathrow Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) and the 11th busiest worldwide in 2012. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2012 was 57.5 million. As of winter 2012/2013, Frankfurt Airport serves the most international destinations in the world, serving 264 destinations in 113 countries. With a freight throughput of 2.07 million metric tonnes in 2012 it is the second busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic. The southern side of the airport ground was home to the Rhein-Main Air Base, which was a major air base for the United States from 1147 until 2005, when the air base was closed and the property was acquired by Fraport. The airport covers an area of 5,200 acres (2,100 ha) of land.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG (FWB: LHA, OTCQX: DLAKY) (German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏt͡ʃə ˈlʊfthanza], commonly simply known as Lufthansa and sometimes internationally as Lufthansa German Airlines) is the largest airline in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size, and flag carrier of Germany. Having been a state-owned enterprise until 1994, the majority of Lufthansa's shares are nowadays held by private investors (88.52%), as well as MGL Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrswerte (10.05%), Deutsche Postbank (1.03%), and Deutsche Bank (0.4%). The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (a Latin term referring to the Hanseatic League).
The airline operates services to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe, using a fleet of more than 280 aircraft.
Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves around 500 destinations. With over 620 aircraft, it has one of the largest passenger airline fleets in the world when combined with its subsidiaries.
Lufthansa's registered office and corporate headquarters are in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The main operations base, called Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC), is located at Lufthansa's primary traffic hub at Frankfurt Airport. The majority of Lufthansa's pilots, ground staff, and flight attendants are based in Frankfurt.