2008-01-20 - Fraport record figuresFrankfurt airport achieves new passenger and freight records
Neue Verkehrsrekorde in Frankfurt<br /> Last year, Frankfurt Airport exceeded the record mark of 54 million passengers for the first time. Annual airfreight throughput at the Frankfurt international air transportation hub also reached a new peak figure of 2.1 million metric tons.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed a total of 54,167,817 passengers, 2.5 percent more than in 2006. Airfreight throughput at FRA advanced by 1.9 percent to 2,095,293 metric tons.
Fraport's executive board chairman Dr. Wilhelm Bender said these extremely positive traffic results exceeded the company's expectations: "At the beginning of 2007, we anticipated noticeably slower passenger growth at our FRA home base due to capacity constraints. But better aircraft utilization and the structural improvement in flight offers at FRA have provided fresh impetus to traffic development." Bender explained that the absence of extremely adverse weather conditions also had a positive effect. Airmail was the only traffic segment to decline at FRA over the past twelve months, slipping by 1.8 percent to 95,168 metric tons. The number of aircraft movements rose by 0.6 percent to 492,569 takeoffs and landings. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) climbed by one percent to 28,240,441 metric tons.