Fraport sees passenger traffic rise in January
Despite the weather-related adverse effects on air traffic, Fraport AG –the owner and manager of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) –registered more passengers in January 2010 at FRA than in the comparable month last year.
FRA welcomed approximately 3.7 million passengers in the first month of 2010, a 3.5 percent increase year-on-year. "We are certainly pleased that January confirms the positive trend seen in recent months and that traffic overall is showing fair rates of growth. Our calculations indicate that the severe winter days in January cost us 1.0 to 1.5 percentage points in the passenger sector," explained Fraport executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte.
Airfreight tonnage increased at noticeably higher rates in the reporting month. Some 157,637 metric tons of airfreight at FRA represent a significant 32.2 percent gain. "Last month was the busiest January for airfreight handling in the history of Frankfurt Airport. The previously peak January was in 2008, when FRA registered 156,020 metric tons," Fraport's CEO explained with satisfaction. The major growth drivers in this traffic segment included intercontinental traffic in particular: for example, routes to North America and the Far East.