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July 2015: Frankfurt Airport achieves strong passenger growth

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Number of passengers and maximum takeoff eights reach new levels – FRA registers all-time high for daily passenger traffic .

Number of passengers and maximum takeoff eights reach new levels – FRA registers all-time high for daily passenger traffic .

Welcoming 6.2 million passengers in July 2015, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) achieved its busiest month in history. Passenger traffic for the reporting month rose by 6.6 percent year-on-year and surpassed the previous monthly record of August 2014 by about 130,000 passengers. The 200,000 passengers-per-day level was exceeded a total of 17 days in July 2015. Furthermore, on July 31, FRA registered a new daily record of 216,732 passengers – overtaking the previous peak day in September 2014 by nearly 2,800 passengers. In addition, the number of passengers per flight at FRA hit an all-time high of 152.4 passengers (up 4.6 percent year-on-year). The number of aircraft movements grew by two percent year-on-year to 43,710, another historic record at Frankfurt Airport. The previous peak day of 43,675 takeoffs and landings was reached in July 2007. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) grew noticeably by 3.8 percent to 2.7 million metric tons – another new historical figure for Frankfurt Airport. Cargo (airfreight and airmail) dropped by two percent to 177,840 metric tons.

Among Fraport AG’s Group airports, Slovenia’s capital city airport Ljubljana (LJU) posted significant growth of 16.2 percent to about 172,000 passengers. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru also reported significant growth of 10 percent to 1.5 million passengers. Bulgaria’s Twinstar airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) experienced a combined three percent drop in traffic to 1,028,399 passengers. In contrast, Turkey’s Antalya Airport (AYT) saw traffic increase by 1.8 percent to 4.3 million passengers. With 1.7 million passengers in July 2015, St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) reported a continuing decline of 4.4 percent. In northern Germany, Hanover Airport (HAJ) received 563,000 passengers, showing a strong gain of 6.6 percent. Serving three million passengers in July 2015, Xi’an Airport in central China reported dynamic growth of 9.8 percent year-on-year.

Fraport AG – which ranks among the world’s leading companies in the global airport business – offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. In 2014, the Fraport Group generated sales of €2.4 billion and profit of about €252 million. Last year more than 108.5 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake.

At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled some 2.2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2014. For the current summer timetable, FRA is served by 104 passenger airlines flying to some 297 destinations in 104 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA’s destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) – underscoring Frankfurt’s role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the third-busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany’s largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 80,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Major new real estate developments – such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park – are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.

Almost half of Germany’s population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub – the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region’s dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA’s world route network enables Hesse’s and Germany’s export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.

Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport – which is strategically located in the heart of Europe – is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.