Frankfurt Airport reports marginal increase in passenger traffic in April

13 May 2014 (Last Updated May 13th, 2014 18:30)

Fraport's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany has reported a slight increase in passenger traffic in April 2014.

Fraport's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany has reported a slight increase in passenger traffic in April 2014.

The airport welcomed 4.7 million passengers, which indicates a 0.9% rise compared with April 2013.

The increase was despite a three-day walkout by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots at the beginning of April that resulted in about 2,160 cancellations, which affected 250,000 passengers.

During the same month, cargo volumes at the airport dropped to 171,909t, 1.2% lower in comparison with the same period in 2013.

"The Fraport Group's portfolio of international airports also recorded a very positive performance in the month."

The decrease in cargo volume was attributed to the strike-related reduction in shipping capacities, as well as the shift of the Easter holidays from March to April.

Aircraft movements at FRA decreased by 4.1% year-on-year to 37,632 takeoffs and landings, while the accumulated maximum takeoff weights also reduced by 0.9% to three million tonnes.

The Fraport Group's portfolio of international airports also recorded a very positive performance in the month.

Lima Airport in Peru reported passenger traffic figures of 1.2 million in April, representing a 6.4% rise compared with the previous year.

Fraport's two airports on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Burgas and Varna, saw 25.4% increase in combined passenger count to 59,328 passengers.

Located on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya Airport served 12.6% more passengers year-on-year, reaching 1.7 million in total.

A total of 951,904 passengers used the Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg, Russia marking an 8.3% year-over-year growth, while passenger volumes at Hanover Airport in Germany went up by 3.3% to 435,205 passengers.

Xi'an Airport in China offered services to a total of 2.4 million passengers during this period, reporting an increase of 11.7% year-on-year.