Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has reported that nearly 4.7 million passengers in January 2019 – thus starting the year with 2.3 per cent traffic growth – but without strike and weather-related flight cancellations traffic at FRA it said the figure would have grown by about 4.3 per cent.
Aircraft movements climbed by 2.3 per cent to 37,676 take-offs and landings in the reporting month. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 1.5 per cent to about 2.4 million metric tons.
Fraport reports that only cargo (airfreight + airmail) posted a decline in January 2019, dropping by 4.3 per cent to 163,332 metric tons. with decisive factors affecting cargo traffic included weaker global trade and the resulting dip in demand.
Most of the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also achieved growth in January 2019. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport served 103,653 passengers, a rise of 3.3 per cent. The Brazilian airports of Fortaleza and Porto Alegre registered combined traffic of almost 1.5 million passengers, up 10.5 per cent year-on-year.
Total traffic for the 14 Greek regional airports reached 617,885 passengers, resulting in a 12.3 perc ent surge. The busiest airports included Thessaloniki with 388,309 passengers, up 25.4 per cent; Chania with 50,949 passengers, up 17.8 per cent; and Rhodes with 50,809 passengers, down 13.4 per cent.
Lima Airport in Peru, South America, saw traffic increase by five per cent to around 1.9 million passengers. On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Burgas and Varna registered a total of 67,924 passengers, declining 6.8 per cent.
On the Turkish Rivera, Antalya Airport received 877,161 passengers and recorded a 9.6 per cent jump in traffic. Russia’s St. Petersburg Airport advanced by 14 per cent to some 1.2 million passengers. In China, Xi’an Airport recorded a 13.9 per cent gain to almost 3.8 million passengers.