Fraport's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany reported 1.9% rise in passenger traffic during 2012 to 57.5 million, compared to the 56.4 million passengers handled during 2011.
During the year, Frankfurt Airport's maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) declined 1.2% to 28.91 tonnes compared to 29.25 million tonnes handled during 2011, while aircraft movements dropped 1% to 482,242, up from the 487,162 flights handled during the previous year.
According to Fraport, cargo handling volume during the period declined 6.7% to 2.06 million tonnes with a 6.9% drop in airfreight and airmail reported 2.3% decline compared to previous year.
Fraport executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said that the airline industry in Europe finds itself in a difficult economic situation.
"High fuel prices, the burden of the national aviation tax and weak demand, particularly in Southern Europe, require capacity adjustments," Schulte said.
"In this environment, Frankfurt Airport with its new passenger record performed very well."
The combined passenger traffic at Fraport's five majority-owned airports, Frankfurt Airport, Antalya, Burgas, Varna and Lima reported a 2.9% rise to 99.4 million passengers in 2012 compared to 2011.
Lima Airport in Peru recorded the highest passenger traffic rise of 13% during the period with 13.32 million passengers served, while Antalya reported a 0% rise to 24.95 million when compared to 2011.
Burgas and Varna airports located on Bulgarian Black Sea coast reported 5.6% and 3.4% rises in passenger traffic during 2012 to 2.38 million and 1.22 million respectively, while cargo traffic declined at both airports during the period.
Aircraft movements at Fraport operated airports rose 0.4% to 819,415 during 2012 compared to 2011.
During December 2012, Frankfurt Airport reported a 6.3% decline in passenger traffic, with 4 million passengers, while registering a 1.5% decline in airfreight to 174,590t.
Schulte said that weak the global economy has played a crucial role in the development of the cargo market.
"But this negative trend has been slowing with the decline in cargo tonnage reduced significantly by the end of the year," Schulte added.
"Thus, the trend is now continuing in the right direction."
Image: Frankfurt Airport's aircraft movements declined 1% to 482,242 during 2012. Photo: courtesy of Ceddyfresse.