Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed 6.2 million passengers in May 2019 – an increase of 1.4 per cent year-on-year (YOY).
Airport operator Fraport said the growth rate would have been one percentage point higher, if FRA had not been affected by a number of weather and strike-related flight cancellations in May. Over the first five months of 2019, FRA achieved passenger growth of 2.9 per cent to 27 million.
Most of the airports in Fraport AG’s international portfolio also reported traffic growth in May 2019. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) recorded a 1.8 per cent increase in traffic to 170,307 passengers.
The two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) registered combined traffic of over 1.1 million passengers, also up slightly by 1.1 per cent. In Peru, traffic at Lima Airport (LIM) rose by eight per cent to two million passengers.
The 14 Greek regional airports served about 3.1 million passengers overall, slipping by 1.9 per cent YOY. This slight decline was largely attributed to the bankruptcy of a few airlines – with other airlines, over the short term, only partially making up for the capacity loss.
The busiest airports in Fraport’s Greek portfolio included: Thessaloniki (SKG) with 606,828 passengers, down 0.4 per cent; Rhodes (RHO) with 599,993 passengers, down 5.1 per cent; and Corfu (CFU) with 347,953 passengers, down two per cent.
After a phase of very strong growth over the past three years, the Bulgarian airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) are currently experiencing the consolidation of flight offerings, resulting in an 18.3 per cent drop in traffic to 270,877 passengers.
At the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya Airport (AYT) received about 3.6 million passengers, a gain of 3.3 per cent. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, advanced by 8.4 per cent to about 1.7 million passengers. Traffic at Xi’an Airport (XIY) in central China reached almost four million passengers, up 5.1 per cent.