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).
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Fraport AG – which ranks among the world’s leading companies in the global airport business – offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. In 2013, the Fraport Group generated sales of €2.56 billion, EBITDA of €880.2 million and profit of about €236 million. Last year, more than 103 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has a majority stake.
At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed more than 58 million passengers in 2013 and handled some 2.1 million metric tons of cargo (air freight and airmail). For the current flight timetable, FRA is served by 108 passenger airlines flying to some 295 destinations in 105 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA’s destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) -underscoring Frankfurt’s role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the third-busiest for passenger traffic. With well over 50 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.
Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany’s largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 78,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations directly on site. Almost half of Germany’s population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub – the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region’s dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA’s world route network enables Hesse’s and Germany’s export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.
Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the flourishing export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is also a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport – which is strategically located in the heart of Europe, is one of the most important hubs in the world and a key infrastructure site for Germany and Europe.