Traffic rising faster than expected at Frankfurt Airport
Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued its upward trend in June 2022, with some five million passengers passing through the German hub during the month.
The total represented a huge 181% increase on the corresponding month a year ago – the biggest monthly upturn since the start of the pandemic – and means that 20.8 million passengers (+220%) used the gateway in the first half of 2022.
However, compared to 2019, FRA’s passenger traffic was still down by 24% percent in June 2022 and 38% for the half year.
Fraport CEO, Dr Stefan Schulte, said: “During the first half of 2022, passenger traffic at many of our Group airports grew faster than previously expected. We are pleased that people are eager to travel again.
“In Frankfurt, passenger numbers surged by more than 135% in June compared to February this year. This demonstrates the strong momentum driving air travel demand.
“We sincerely regret that, during peak traffic periods, our passengers in Frankfurt may currently experience extended wait times in the terminals, including at the baggage reclaim. We are working hard with all our partners to ensure that, in the medium-term, we can again provide the quality standards expected by our passengers.”
Cargo traffic in Frankfurt continued to slow in June 2022, dipping by 11.8% year-on-year. The main factors behind this decline included airspace restrictions related to the war in Ukraine and the extensive anti-COVID measures in China.
Aircraft movements climbed by 79.3% year-on-year to 35,883 takeoffs and landings in June 2022. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) expanded by 63% year-on-year to over 2.2 million tonnes.
The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also continued their growth trend. In June 2022, all of the Group’s airports worldwide achieved traffic gains – with many recording growth of more than 100%.
Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) welcomed 102,392 passengers in the reporting month. Combined traffic at the two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) grew by 53.5% to 937,225 passengers. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru registered about 1.5 million passengers in June 2022, up 81% year-on-year.
Elsewhere, Fraport’s 14 Greek regional airports welcomed more than 4.6 million passengers in June, exceeding pre-crisis levels for the first time (up 3.4% versus June 2019).
On the Bulgarian Riviera, combined traffic at the Fraport Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) increased to 422,038 passengers. At Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Mediterranean coast traffic advanced to nearly 3.9 million passengers in the reporting month.