In the first quarter of 2016, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) scored a new passenger record: with almost 13 million passengers served, passenger traffic at FRA exceeded the record achieved in the first quarter of the previous year by some 417,000 passengers, or 3.3 percent, the company said.
The traffic performance was positively impacted by the timing of the Easter holidays and an additional leap day, along with the non-recurrence of strikes which occurred in the same period of the previous year.
The number of aircraft movements rose slightly by 1 percent to 105,844 takeoffs and landings. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) once again increased significantly by 3.4 percent to 6.9 million metric tons, thus exceeding the previous record high achieved in the first quarter of 2011. Cargo (airfreight and airmail) volumes decreased slightly by 1 percent to 506,434 metric tons during the first three months of 2016, partly reflecting the slowdown in global trade.
In the month of March 2016, some 4.8 million passengers passed through Frankfurt Airport, up 3.9 percent. The previous March record from 2015 was thus exceeded by around 180,000 passengers.
The strong performance was helped by the timing of the Easter holidays at the end of March, as well as the non-recurrence of strike and weather-related flight cancellations that occurred in March 2014. With 37,503 takeoffs and landings, aircraft movements remained at last year´s level (up 0.8 percent).
Maximum takeoff weights were up again by 3.2 percent to approximately 2.4 million metric tons, reflecting the ongoing trend by airlines of using larger aircraft types. Cargo volumes decreased by 1.3 percent to 187,063 metric tons in March 2016, due to the production slowdown in connection with different timing of the Easter holidays.
Fraport AG offers integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on three continents. The Fraport Group generated sales of EUR2.6 billion and profit of about EUR297 million in 2015.