Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has started off the year with continuing passenger growth. In the reporting month of January 2016, Germany’s largest aviation hub served about 4.2 million passengers, representing growth of 2.2 percent year-on-year – an increase of 76,000 passengers compared to the previous January record month from 2012.
Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 1.1 percent to more than 2.2 million metric tons. At the same time, aircraft movements decreased in January 2016 by 1.1 percent to 34,244 takeoffs and landings. The trend towards deployment of larger, more efficient aircraft with greater seating capacity per aircraft is continuing.
Thus, the average MTOW per aircraft movement advanced significantly to 130.7 metric tons – a new January record at Frankfurt Airport.
Furthermore, the average number of passengers per flight rose noticeably by 3.2 percent to 130.3. Accompanied by a higher seat-load factor, this underscores the airlines’ successful efforts towards more efficiency. The cargo volume reached a similar level as in 2015, with 159,650 metric tons handled at FRA in January 2016 (down 0.1 percent).
Among Fraport AG’s Group airports, Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) reported 73,567 passengers, a modest gain of 0.6 percent. With 1.5 million passengers in January 2016, Lima Airport (LIM) in the capital of Peru posted noticeable growth of 10.3 percent. On Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) significantly increased off-season low traffic by 18.5 percent year-on-year to 41,158 passengers. Serving 689,365 passengers, Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey dipped slightly by 0.4 percent. St.
Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) experienced a 10.0 percent drop to 785,192 passengers. In contrast, Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany received 295,565 passengers – a gain of 2.0 percent. China’s Xi’an Airport (XIY) greeted 2.8 million passengers, reporting strong double-digit growth of 17.1 percent.