Fraport’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany served approximately 12.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2014, a year-on-year growth of 2% despite flight cancellations due to winter weather conditions.
Aircraft movements rose by 1.1% to 107,092 takeoffs and landings during the first three months of the year, while accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) increased by 2.1% to 6.5 million tonnes.
Cargo handling activity grew by 4% to 522,026t compared with March 2013. FRA attributed this to the growth trend in the global economy as well as a moderate cyclical recovery in the Euro area.
Fraport AG executive board chairman Dr Stefan Schulte said: "Along with the continuing and challenging framework conditions for the entire European air transportation industry, strikes also slightly clouded the positive traffic development at FRA. These strikes led to traffic disruptions and inconveniences for our passengers, which we deeply regret."
Another Fraport Group airport, Lima Airport in Peru, recorded around 3.7 million passengers in the first three months of 2014, a gain of 4.2% year-on-year. Burgas and Varna airports located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast together reported 90,164 passengers in the first quarter, up 1.9% compared to the same period last year. Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera welcomed almost 2.3 million passengers from January to March, an increase of 2.3%, while Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St Petersburg, Russia, received almost 2.5 million passengers, up 15% year-on-year.