Frankfurt Airport records strong Growth
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continues to register noticeable growth in passenger traffic. Welcoming about 5.9 million passengers in September 2014, Germany’s biggest airport reported growth of 5.9 percent year-on-year and its strongest September in history. Furthermore, FRA achieved a new daily record on September 26, 2014, when nearly 214,000 passengers were served. On eleven other days, Frankfurt Airport also exceeded the 200,000 passenger-per-day mark during the reporting month.
FRA’s cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) in September 2014 remained constant at 178,667 metric tons compared to the previous year. Aircraft movements decreased slightly by 0.2 percent to 42,452 takeoffs and landings – with over 400 flight cancellations due to strikes. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 2.5 percent year-on-year to more than 2.6 million metric tons. The total number of aircraft seats offered, as well as seat-load factors, and the number of passengers per aircraft movement reached new historic peaks in September 2014.
For the first nine months of 2014, Frankfurt Airport received more than 45.6 million passengers, a gain of 3.2 percent year-on-year. During the first three-quarters, FRA handled about 1.6 million metric tons of cargo (up 2 percent), while MTOWs climbed to about 21.9 million metric tons (up 2.2 percent). Aircraft movements from January-to-September 2014 declined slightly by 0.1 percent to 357,016 takeoffs and landings.
The airports in Fraport AG’s international portfolio also reported strong results for the first three quarters 2014. Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) welcomed 11.6 million passengers (up 4.9 percent). In September 2014, LIM’s passenger traffic rose by 7.2 percent to about 1.3 million. Combined, the Bulgarian Twinstar airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) saw traffic rise by 2.8 percent to a total of 3.8 million passengers in the first nine months of the year (September 2014: more than 515,000 passengers, down 4.8 percent). With 23.4 million air travelers, Turkey’s Antalya Airport (AYT) reported 5.9 percent growth (September: 3.7 million passengers, down 2.6 percent).
Traffic at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia advanced by 12.2 percent year-on-year to more than 11.3 million passengers (September: 1.4 million passengers, up 9.9 percent). Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China grew by 10.4 percent to 21.8 million passengers (September: 2.6 million air travelers, up 11.2 percent). With four million passengers, traffic at Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany slipped by 0.2 percent. However in September 2014, traffic at HAJ rose by 4.8 percent to 587,070 passengers year-on-year.