European routes continue to drive Frankfurt Airport’s passenger traffic

In August 2018, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 8.1% year-on-year. Since the beginning of 2018, FRA has achieved growth of 8.7%, with European routes continuing to drive passenger traffic. In the reporting month, aircraft movements climbed by 8.0% to 46,389 take-offs and landings, while accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) rose by 5.5% to about 2.9 million metric tons. With 182,589 metric tons (up 0.8 percent), cargo (airfreight + airmail) almost reached the same level as last year.

The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their growth path in August 2018. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia recorded an increase of 3.1% to 202,423 passengers. Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) reported combined traffic growth of 4.6% to about 1.2 million passengers. The Group’s 14 Greek airports achieved overall positive growth of 6.6% to some 5.4 million passengers in August 2018. Fraport Greece’s fastest growing airports included Corfu (CFO) with 704,741 passengers and Kos (KGS) with 538,382 passengers – both recording a 12.2% gain – while traffic at Mytilene Airport (MJT) on the island of Lesbos jumped by 11.6% to 71,636 passengers.

Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru saw traffic increase by 6.6% to about 2.1 million passengers. Bulgaria’s Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) registered combined growth of 5.8% to nearly 1.4 million passengers. Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera surged by 14.7% to about 4.9 million passengers. Hanover Airport (HAJ) closed the reporting period with 667,084 passengers (up 8.1%). Traffic also advanced at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China – where almost 2.1 million travelers (up 11.6%) and some 4.2 million passengers (up 8.8%) were served, respectively.

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