201504140100PR_NEWS_USPR_____enUK201504134400 20150414T010000-0400 prnewswire.com 20150414 enUK201504134400 1 urn:newsml:prnewswire.com:20150414:enUK201504134400:1 20150414T010000-0400 20150414T010000-0400 MimeType/@FormalName Fraport Traffic Figures - March and First Quarter 2015: Frankfurt Airport's Passenger Figures Reach Record Level in March, Despite Strikes and Hurricane Niklas Strong Passenger Traffic in the First Quarter - Group Airports Achieve Positive Results FRANKFURT, Germany, April 14, 2015 bc-Fraport 201504140100PR_NEWS_USPR_____enUK201504134400.xml Fraport Traffic Figures - March and First Quarter 2015: Frankfurt Airport's Passenger Figures Reach Record Level in March, Despite Strikes and Hurricane Niklas

Fraport Traffic Figures - March and First Quarter 2015: Frankfurt Airport's Passenger Figures Reach Record Level in March, Despite Strikes and Hurricane Niklas

Strong Passenger Traffic in the First Quarter - Group Airports Achieve Positive Results

PR Newswire

FRANKFURT, Germany, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

FRA - Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 4.6 million passengers in March 2015, representing an increase of 2.5 percent year-on-year and a new March monthly record.  During the reporting month, FRA was affected by the Lufthansa pilot strike for four days and on March 31 by Hurricane Niklas, which disrupted the flight schedule.  Excluding these events that resulted in about 1,250 flight cancellations, some 150,000 additional passengers would have used the FRA global aviation hub.  Correspondingly, the number of aircraft movements declined by 2.3 percent to 37,218 takeoffs and landings.  Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) increased to 2.37 million metric tons (up 1.2 percent).  Cargo volume (airfreight and airmail) dropped by 6.1 percent to 189,546 metric tons.  The effects of strike-related flight cancellations can be seen here as well, which also led to reductions in belly capacity in the important intercontinental traffic segment.

With more than 12.5 million passengers choosing Germany's biggest airport in the first quarter of 2015, FRA recorded passenger growth of 2.7 percent compared to the same period in the preceding year.  Thus, FRA exceeded the existing first quarter record reached in 2008 by approximately 260,000 passengers, despite the influence of strikes, winter weather and storms.  Particularly strong growth came from Asian traffic as well as tourist destinations in North Africa.  Following the trend of recent months, the total number of aircraft movements in the January-to March 2015 period slipped by 2.2 percent to 104,780 takeoffs and landings.  Nevertheless, MTOWs still rose by 2.1 percent to 6.6 million metric tons.  FRA's cargo throughput fell by two percent to 511,355 metric tons.  

Overall, Fraport AG's international airport portfolio achieved positive results during the first quarter of 2015.  With 236,263 passengers (down 0.2 percent), Slovenia's Ljubljana Airport (LJU) maintained nearly the same passenger level as last year.  Lima Airport (LIM) in the capital of Peru, South America, greeted some four million passengers - leading to a strong rise of 8.6 percent.  The Bulgarian Twin-Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) received a total 96,821 passengers (up 7.4 percent) in the first quarter of the year.  Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera served about 2.4 million travelers from January to March 2015, a noticeable gain of 6.3 percent year-on-year.  Receiving nearly 2.5 million passengers, Russia's St. Petersburg Airport (LED) registered a slight decline of 0.6 percent.  In central China, traffic at Xi'an Airport (XIY) surged by 17.6 percent to more than 7.6 million passengers in the first three months of the year.  In the northern German state of Lower Saxony, Hanover Airport (HAJ) recorded a 5.3 percent jump to 974,487 passengers.


   
    Fraport Group Airports[1]
                                                                 Cargo
                                                               (Freight &
    March 2015                     Fraport    Passengers         Mail)        Movements
                                     share            DELTA          DELTA          DELTA
                                      in %   Month      %     Month    %     Month    %
    Fully-consolidated airports
    FRA       Frankfurt, Germany    100.00  4,607,099    2.5 186,277   -6.4  37,218  -2.3
    LJU       Ljubljana, Slovenia   100.00     90,902    5.3     835   -2.8   2,471 -10.3
    LIM       Lima, Peru[2]          70.01  1,342,297    7.5  21,431    3.8  13,302   6.4
    BOJ       Burgas, Bulgaria       60.00      9,082  -13.2     714   -1.4     161   5.2
    VAR       Varna, Bulgaria        60.00     24,394   -0.7       5 >100.0     352   5.7

    At equity consolidated
    airports[2]
    AYT       Antalya, Turkey        51.00  1,040,481    2.4    n.a.   n.a.   7,930   3.2
              St. Petersburg,
    LED       Russia                 35.50    868,141   -3.4    n.a.   n.a.  10,653   2.5
    HAJ       Hanover, Germany       30.00    402,339    8.4   1,541   30.0   6,323  -0.9
    XIY       Xi'an, China           24.50  2,707,054   27.0  17,025   14.6  21,609  16.8

    Fraport Group Airports[1]
                                                                 Cargo
                                                               (Freight &
    Year to Date (YTD) 2015        Fraport    Passengers         Mail)        Movements
                                     share            DELTA          DELTA          DELTA
                                      in %    YTD       %      YTD     %      YTD     %
    Fully-consolidated airports
    FRA       Frankfurt, Germany    100.00 12,508,282    2.7 502,947   -2.4 104,780  -2.2
    LJU       Ljubljana, Slovenia   100.00    236,263   -0.2   2,296   -3.1   6,636  -5.0
    LIM       Lima, Peru[2]          70.01  4,023,531    8.6  64,710    6.4  38,831   6.2
    BOJ       Burgas, Bulgaria       60.00     29,933    3.7   1,358  -17.6     550  30.0
    VAR       Varna, Bulgaria        60.00     66,888    9.1      18 >100.0     951   2.6

    At equity consolidated
    airports[2]
    AYT       Antalya, Turkey        51.00  2,419,433    6.3    n.a.   n.a.  18,338   1.3
              St. Petersburg,
    LED       Russia                 35.00  2,473,954   -0.6    n.a.   n.a.  30,536   2.1
    HAJ       Hanover, Germany       30.00    974,487    5.3   4,888   22.8  15,595  -5.5
    XIY       Xi'an, China           24.50  7,604,814   17.6  47,144    9.0  61,916  12.1


   
    Frankfurt Airport[3]
    March 2015                             Month  DELTA %     YTD 2015  DELTA %
    Passengers                         4,607,870        2.5 12,509,642        2.7
    Cargo (freight & mail)               189,546       -6.1    511,355       -2.0
    Aircraft movements                    37,218       -2.3    104,780       -2.2
    MTOW (in metric tons)[4]           2,370,689        1.2  6,632,772        2.1
    PAX/PAX-flight[5]                      134.3        5.6      128.8        5.4
    Seat load factor (%)                    75.2                  72.5
    Punctuality rate (%)                    82.0                  81.5

                                       PAX share      Month  PAX share
    Frankfurt Airport Regional Split       month    DELTA %        YTD YTD DELTA%
    Germany                                12.0%        2.5      12.0%        2.1
    Europe (without Germany)               48.2%        1.2      47.7%        2.2
    Western Europe                         40.5%        1.3      39.7%        2.4
    Eastern Europe                          7.8%        0.9       8.0%        1.4
    Intercontinental                       39.8%        4.2      40.4%        3.6
    Africa                                  4.4%        5.5       4.5%        3.5
    Middle East                             6.4%        7.2       6.4%        6.8
    North America                          12.2%        0.1      12.1%        0.9
    Central & South America                 4.3%        3.7       4.6%        2.9
    Far East                               12.5%        6.6      12.8%        5.0
    Australia                               0.0%     -100.0       0.0%     -100.0


   
    [1] According to ACI-definition:
    Passengers: commercial traffic only
    (arr+dep+transit counted once)
    Cargo: commercial and non-commercial traffic
    (arr+dep excluding transit, in metric tons)
    Movements: commerical and non-commercial traffic
    (arr+dep)
    [2] Preliminary figures
    [3] Passengers: commercial and non-commercial traffic (arr+dep+transit
    counted once incl. General Aviation)
    Cargo: commercial and non-commercial traffic (arr+dep+transit counted once,
    in metric tons)
    Movements: commerical and non-commercial traffic (arr+dep)
    [4] Inbound traffic only
    [5] Scheduled and charter traffic

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Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. In 2014, the Fraport Group generated sales of €2.4 billionand profit of about €252 million. Last year more than 108.5 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake.

At its  Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled some 2.2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2014. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 98 passenger airlines flying to some 250 destinations in 105 countries worldwide.  More than half of FRA's destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) - underscoring Frankfurt's role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the third-busiest for passenger traffic.  With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City  has become Germany's largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 78,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site.  Major new real estate developments - such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park - are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.

Almost half of Germany's population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub - the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region's dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA's world route network enables Hesse's and Germany's export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets. 

Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace.  Thus, Frankfurt Airport - which is strategically located in the heart of Europe - is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.    

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