Fraport Traffic Figures November 2018: Growth Trend Continues

Frankfurt Airport welcomed around 5.24 million passengers in November
2018, a growth of 4.7 percent year-on-year. This development was
driven by European traffic (up 6.1 percent) as well as
intercontinental traffic (up 4.3 percent). The cumulative growth in
passenger numbers for the first eleven months of the current year was
7.8 percent.
In a similar vein, aircraft movements in November increased by 5.3
percent to 41,192 takeoffs and landings. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 3.3 percent to around 2.5 million metric
tons. Only the cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) declined in
November, falling by 2.1 percent to around 196,537 million metric
tons in response to the growing uncertainty in global trade.
The international airports in Fraport’s portfolio also enjoyed
largely positive development in November. While Ljubljana Airport
(LJU) in Slovenia saw a slight decline of 3.3 percent to 117,554
passengers, the Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto
Alegre (POA) reported significant growth of 10.8 percent to around
1.3 million passengers. The 14 regional airports in Greece saw an
overall growth of 12.8 percent to 726,159 passengers. The three
airports in the Greek portfolio with the most traffic were
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 428,897 passengers (up 16.6 percent), Rhodes
(RHO) with 68,041 passengers (minus 9.7 percent to) and Chania (CHQ)
with 59,053 passengers (up 14.6 percent). Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru
grew by 6.7 percent to about 1.8 million passengers. A total of
68,246 passengers used the Bulgarian Twin Star airports of Varna
(VAR) and Burgas (BOJ), down 6.8 percent. Antalya Airport (AYT) again
enjoyed substantial growth of 26.9 percent to around 1.2 million
passengers. Growing passenger numbers were also reported at Pulkovo
Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg with around 1.3 million passengers
(up 18.1 percent) and Xi’an (XIY) in China with around 3.6 million
passengers (up 4.8 percent)
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.