Fraport Traffic Figures – August 2018: Frankfurt Airport Records Passenger Growth

Fraport Traffic Figures – August 2018: Frankfurt Airport Records Passenger Growth

In August 2018, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 8.1 percent year-on-year. Since the beginning of 2018, FRA has achieved growth of 8.7 percent, with European routes continuing to drive passenger traffic.  In the reporting month, aircraft movements climbed by 8.0 percent to 46,389 take-offs and landings, while accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) rose by 5.5 percent to about 2.9 million metric tons.  With 182,589 metric tons (up 0.8 percent), cargo (airfreight + airmail) almost reached the same level as last year.

The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their growth path in August 2018.  Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia recorded an increase of 3.1 percent to 202,423 passengers.  Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) reported combined traffic growth of 4.6 percent to about 1.2 million passengers.  The Group’s 14 Greek airports achieved overall positive growth of 6.6 percent to some 5.4 million passengers in August 2018.  Fraport Greece’s fastest growing airports included Corfu (CFO) with 704,741 passengers and Kos (KGS) with 538,382 passengers – both recording a 12.2 percent gain – while traffic at Mytilene Airport (MJT) on the island of Lesbos jumped by 11.6 percent to 71,636 passengers.

Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru saw traffic increase by 6.6 percent to about 2.1 million passengers.  Bulgaria’s Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) registered combined growth of 5.8 percent to nearly 1.4 million passengers.  Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera surged by 14.7 percent to about 4.9 million passengers.  Hanover Airport (HAJ) closed the reporting period with 667,084 passengers (up 8.1 percent).  Traffic also advanced at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China – where almost 2.1 million travelers (up 11.6 percent) and some 4.2 million passengers (up 8.8 percent) were served, respectively.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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