Traffic continues to bounce back at Frankfurt Airport
Airport operator, Fraport, today announced that 5.9 million passengers passed through Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in August 2023 – 13% more than in the corresponding month in 2022.
While welcoming the news, Fraport notes that the monthly total is still 15.3% down on pre-pandemic August 2019.
The latest total means that during the school holidays in the German state of Hesse (July 21 to September 3), FRA handled more than 8.6 million passengers and 58,300 aircraft movements.
The demand for holiday destinations on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, as well as in Greece and on the Canary Islands, even exceeded the levels seen in pre-crisis 2019.
The most popular intercontinental destinations from FRA included North America and North and Central Africa – with Tunisia, Kenya, Cape Verde and Mauritius all exceeding 2019 levels.
Cargo volumes in Frankfurt rose again slightly in August 2023. At 156,827 tonnes, cargo throughput (comprising airfreight and airmail) was up 1.2% on the same month in 2022.
The number of aircraft movements increased by 10.9% cent to 39,910 take-offs and landings in the reporting month, while accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) grew by 9.1% to around 2.5 million tonnes (in both cases, compared to August 2022).
Fraport’s Group airports worldwide also reported growth. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia served 149,399 passengers in August 2023, an increase of close to 20% percent year-on-year.
Traffic at the Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) remained stable at just over 1.1 million passengers (a slight drop of 0.1%). Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) handled around 2 million passengers (+10,5%) in August.
Elsewhere, traffic figures at the 14 regional airports in Greece rose to 6.1 million passengers (+4.8%). In Bulgaria, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) saw numbers soar by 11.6% to 836,229 passengers overall.
Passenger volumes at Antalya Airport on the Turkish Riviera rose to 5.8 million passengers – up 10.9% on a year ago.
Across the airports actively managed by Fraport, total passenger numbers improved by 9% year-on-year to 21.9 million travellers in August 2023.