FRANKFURT, Germany – The Deutsche Lufthansa AG strike by its ground staff had an impact on overall year-on-year figures at Frankfurt Airport for the month of April 2013. The strike caused 950 flights to be cancelled, affecting over 100,000 passengers on April 22. Had it not been for the strike, passenger figures would have been the same as the prior year.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed nearly 4.7 million passengers in April 2013, a decrease of 2.2 percent year-on-year. The drop can also be attributed to the Easter holidays commencing in March (earlier start of the Easter travel season).
FRA’s cargo volume remained relatively constant with 174,000 metric tons handled in the reporting month, only 0.1 percent below the April 2012 figure. Also impacted by the labor strike, aircraft movements fell by 2.2 percent to about 39,250 takeoffs and landings.
Fraport’s five majority-owned airports served a total of almost 7.4 million passengers in April 2013, up 0.6 percent year-on-year. In particular, Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM), with some 1.13 million passengers, and Turkey’s Antalya Airport (AYT), with nearly 1.54 million passengers, both registered strong ongoing growth. Skytrax recently honored Lima Airport with its “Best Airport in South America” award (sixth time) and the “Best Airport Staff Service in South America” award (third time). Together, the airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOU) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast recorded about 47,000 passengers in April 2013.