Fraport’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany reported a 0.7% decline in passenger traffic during July 2013 to 5.7 million, affected mainly by varying political situations in North Africa and the Middle East.
During the month, aircraft movements at the airport reached 43,279 takeoffs and landings, with no real change from July 2012; however, cargo tonnage dropped 0.6% to 179,500t.
Frankfurt Airport’s accumulated maximum takeoff weights also dropped by 1.1% in July to 2.6 million tonnes.
The combined passenger traffic at Fraport’s five majority-owned airports, including Frankfurt Airport, Antalya, Burgas, Varna and Lima, reached 11.9 million passengers, representing a 1.2% rise from 2012.
Passenger traffic at Fraport’s Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru rose 11.7% to 1.32 million, while Antalya Airport in Turkey served over 3.8 million passengers in July 2013.
Burgas and Varna airports, located on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, together served one million passengers during the month, up 1%, over the corresponding period in 2013.
During January to July 2013, Fraport reported a 2.8% rise in passenger traffic to 57.55 million, while its cargo traffic rose 0.8% to 1.34 million tonnes.
Aircraft movements at Fraport remained constant at 468,429 movements during the initial seven months of 2013.
Fraport also reported an overall 3.2% rise in passenger traffic at its five airports during H1 2013 to 45.6 million.
The German airport operator has also delayed the commissioning of its third passenger terminal at Frankfurt Airport by three years after ‘sluggish’ air traffic growth.
Construction of the new terminal is now expected to start in 2015 as the airport operator will only require the additional space from 2020.
Image: Aircraft movements at Frankfurt Airport remained constant at 43,279 takeoffs and landings during July 2013.