Fraport, the owner of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany reported a 5.5% rise in passenger traffic in January 2012.
Passenger traffic was up from 3.87 million in January 2011 thanks to favourable winter weather conditions (absence of snow), improved punctuality and the opening of the new Northwest runway in October 2011, the airport said.
Year-on-year aircraft movements at the airport improved slightly by 0.7% growing to 37,651 takeoffs and landings compared to last year.
Total accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) however dropped by 1.6% to 2.2 million tonnes while airfreight volume dropped by 16.8% to 141,340 tonnes during the month.
The decline in freight was due to uncertainty in the global economy as well as the existing nighttime flight curfew imposed at the beginning of FRA's winter timetable 2011/2012 according to Fraport.
Fraport's five majority-owned airports reported a 6.6% rise in passenger traffic serving 5.7 million passengers during the month.
Peru's Lima Airport reported an 8% year-on-year rise in traffic while Turkey's Antalya Airport (AYT) recorded a 14.5% rise in passenger traffic serving 600,000 passengers.
Bulgaria's Burgas Airport (BOJ) reported a 150% increase in passenger traffic to some 21,000 passengers which is mainly due to partial traffic diversion from Varna Airport (VAR), which has been temporarily closed for reconstruction.
Fraport Group had recorded a 9.1% increase in passenger traffic during 2011 to about 96.6 million passengers while cargo volume decreased by 1.8% to 2.5 million tonnes.
Frankfurt Airport on the other hand served 56.4 million passengers recording a rise of 6.5% while cargo volume dropped 2.6% to 2.2 million tonnes during the year.
Aircraft movements increased by 4.9% to 487,000 takeoffs and landings.
Image: Frankfurt Airport recorded a 6.5% rise in passenger traffic during 2011. Photo: Fraport.