Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served more than 69.5 million passengers in 2018, thus posting a new record high in the airport’s history. Compared to 2017, traffic at Germany’s largest airport grew by some 5 million passengers or 7.8%. This strong growth resulted from the launch of more routes to new destinations from FRA and from airlines increasing flight frequencies.
In full-year 2018, aircraft movements at FRA rose by 7.7% to 512,115 takeoffs and landings in 2018. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) also increased by 5.1% to some 31.6 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) posted a slight 0.7% decline to about 2.2 million metric tons, reflecting growing uncertainties in global trade, particularly during the second half of the year.
Airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also reported noticeable growth in 2018. CEO Schulte commented: “In addition to Frankfurt, most of our Group airports worldwide also achieved new passenger records last year. We continue to invest in the airports of our international portfolio, thus ensuring their long-term development. To create additional capacity, we are currently carrying out major expansion projects at our Group airports, particularly in Greece, Brazil and Peru.”