For the first time in the history of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), passenger traffic exceeded the 60 million figure within a calendar year, the airline said.
During 2015, a total of 61,040,613 passengers used Germany´s largest air transportation hub – representing a 2.5 percent jump year-on-year. This increase would have been even greater without the impact of strikes by Lufthansa pilots and cabin crews. Adjusting for all extraordinary fight cancellations (including weather-related cancellations), passenger numbers would even have risen by 3.8 percent.
Frankfurt Airport also achieved new daily peak records during 2015. On August 2, the number of passengers using FRA on a single day hit an all-time high of 217,500. Because of overlapping summer holidays last year in many of Germany´s most populous states, the 200,000 passenger mark per day was exceeded 63 times – more frequently than ever before.
FRA´s cargo (airfreight and airmail) volume declined by 2.3 percent to about 2.1 million metric tons in 2015 – attributable mainly to weakening global trade and economic difficulties in some emerging markets.
Airports in the Fraport Group´s international portfolio registered differing traffic results for the year 2015. Slovenia´s Ljubljana Airport (LJU), the newest member in the Group, registered a strong double-digit gain of 10.0 percent to about 1.4 million passengers. In Peru´s capital city, some 17.1 million passengers traveled via Lima Airport (LIM) – a rise of 9.2 percent year-on-year. On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Fraport Twin Star´s airports in Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ), combined, served about 3.8 million passengers, 4.1 percent less than in 2014. Turkey´s Antalya Airport (AYT) registered about 27.5 million passengers (down 1.6 percent), while St. Petersburg´s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia welcomed nearly 13.5 million passengers (down 5.4 percent). At Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany, passenger figures advanced by 3.0 percent to 5.5 million passengers. Xi´an Airport (XIY) in central China saw traffic climb by 13.0 percent to almost 33 million passengers in 2015.
Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany´s largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 80,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site.