Fraport traffic figures – June and first half 2016


FRA passenger figures lag strong 2015 results – Cargo throughput on
the rise – Restrained bookings continue to affect tourist traffic
In June 2016, a total of 5.5 million passengers passed through
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) – a drop of 4.1 percent compared to the
strong June month of the previous year. Almost half a percentage
point of this decline can be attributed to the approximately 230
weather and strike-related flight cancellations at FRA, affecting
some 24,000 passengers in the reporting month. The traffic slowdown
also had an impact on the overall number of aircraft movements (down
by 2.7 percent to 41,153 takeoffs and landings), while maximum
takeoff weights (MTOW) contracted by 0.9 percent to 2.6 million
metric tons. In contrast, cargo volumes (airfreight + airmail)
increased by 3.3 percent to 179,808 metric tons in June 2016.


In the first half of 2016, Fraport’s home-base Frankfurt Airport
welcomed some 28.7 million passengers, representing a slight 0.9
percent decline compared to the same period last year. The main
reasons for this decline included: the disproportionate thinning-out
of the flight schedule, the relatively high number of flight
cancellations in the first half, and the reduction in travel bookings
reflecting the overall geopolitical situation. Aircraft movements
also decreased slightly by 1.0 percent to 227,187 takeoffs and
landings in the January-to-June 2016 period. On the other hand,
accumulated maximum takeoff weights expanded by 1.2 percent to 14.6
million metric tons. Likewise, cargo volumes (airfreight + airmail)
also slightly improved in the first six months of 2016, rising by 0.7
percent year-on-year to just over 1 million metric tons.

In the first half of 2016, Fraport AG’s international portfolio of
airports reported partially diverging traffic results. Slovenia’s
Ljubljana Airport (LJU) served 598,271 passengers from January to
June 2016, representing a 4.5 percent decline year-on-year (in June
2016, down by 9.2 percent to 135,757 passengers). In South America,
Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) recorded double-digit growth of 11.0
percent to 8.9 million passengers in the first half (in June 2016, up
by 13.0 percent to 1.5 million passengers). The Twin Star airports
of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast also
achieved strong growth, with both gateways serving a total of 1.2
million passengers – a surge of 24.8 percent (in June 2016, up by
23.4 percent to 779,938 passengers). Turkey’s Antalya Airport (AYT)
continued to experience a slowdown, with traffic dropping by 30.5
percent in the first six months of the year to 7.3 million passengers
(in June 2016, down by 47.1 percent to 1.9 million passengers).

Traffic at St. Petersburg Airport (LED) in Russia was also
characterized by a noticeable 6.5 percent slide to 5.7 million
passengers (in June 2016, down by 7.6 percent to 1.4 million
passengers). In northern Germany, Hanover Airport (HAJ) also
registered a slight 0.7 percent dip in traffic to 2.4 million
passengers (in June 2016, down 2.9 percent to 521,676 passengers).
Traffic at Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China continued to advance strongly
during the first six months of the year, rising by 11.3 percent to
17.5 million passengers (in June 2016, up by 10.8 percent to 2.9
million passengers).