Frankfurt Airport sees continuing growth in January

Frankfurt Airport welcomed some 3.87 million passengers in January 2011 - a 5.2 percent rise. Airfreight throughput even hit a new January record of 169,808 metric tons.

The cargo figure represents a 7.7 percent surge compared to January 2010, which at the time surpassed the previous peak January month of 2008.

FRA's aircraft movements rose by 6.0 percent to 37,399 takeoffs and landings. With 2.27 million metric tons in the reporting month, Frankfurt Airport's accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) exceeded the previous January record of 2008 by approximately 60,000 metric tons.

Fraport's majority-owned foreign airports again contributed substantially to the Group's traffic growth in January 2011. For example, Jorge Chavez International Airport Lima (LIM) in the capital city of Peru has recorded double-digit growth every year since Fraport took over operations there 10 years ago. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary of operating LIM, Lima Airport Partners reported soaring growth of nearly 20 percent in January 2011 when 987,247 passengers were welcomed.

At Antalya Airport (AYT) - a popular winter destination on the Turkish Riviera - traffic grew slightly above the previous year's level by 1.1 percent to 518,867 passengers. Burgas Airport (BOJ) and Varna Airport (VAR) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast reported noticeable passenger growth rates because of the relatively small statistical base of these summer holiday destinations and the introduction of additional weekly connections. BOJ grew by 65.1 percent to 8,325 passengers, while VAR rose by 17.1 percent to 20,334 passengers.

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