Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has reported it served approximately six million passengers in August 2016, representing a 5.0 percent decline compared to August 2015, the company said.
The company, Fraport, said the ongoing geopolitical situation continued to have a negative impact on passenger volumes. Restrained bookings by holidaymakers resulted in a decline in passenger traffic particularly to tourist destinations in Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey. That decline could not be offset by growth in tourist traffic to the Balearic and Canary Islands, rising by almost 10 percent and 30 percent respectively.
The number of aircraft movements at FRA declined by 2.3 percent to 41,803 takeoffs and landings. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) shrank by 1.8 percent to 2.7 million metric tons, whereas the average MTOW per landing rose to 127.9 metric tons . Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) remained stable at 171,871 metric tons in the reporting month.
Fraport AG´s international portfolio of airports continued to report mixed results in August 2016. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia welcomed 165,137 passengers in the reporting month, a decline of 8.1 percent on the previous year. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru´s capital registered traffic growth of 9.6 percent to almost 1.8 million passengers. The Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast together received 1.3 million passengers, an increase of 17.2 percent year-on-year. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey and St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia saw passenger traffic drop to approximately 2.8 million passengers (down 38.8 percent) and about 1.6 million passengers (down 8.0 percent), respectively. In Germany, Hanover Airport (HAJ) reported a 6.9 percent decline in traffic to 549,088 passengers. Xi´an Airport (XIY) in central China posted a double-digit gain in traffic, rising by 10.9 percent to just under 3.5 million passengers.