Carriers flock to Frankfurt despite night flight

Listening to Carsten Spohr, the new chairman of Lufthansa Cargo, you might think a disaster was looming atFrankfurt airport. Warning of the consequences if a complete night time ban is introduced as part of the deal for building a fourth runway at the airport, Spohr recently said it would not just “jeopardise the very existence” […]


Listening to Carsten Spohr, the new chairman of Lufthansa Cargo, you might think a disaster was looming atFrankfurt airport.

Warning of the consequences if a complete night time ban is introduced as part of the deal for building a fourth runway at the airport, Spohr recently said it would not just “jeopardise the very existence” of Lufthansa Cargo, but also “threaten the entire role ofthe airport as a cargo hub”.

That claim sits rather oddly with the fact that only 50 of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fl ights each week currently fall in the nighttime period, and that other freighter operators – mainly Asian ones– continue to fl ock to the airport to fi llits daytime slots.

The airport in fact saw an impressive 8.7 percent rise in cargo tonnage in 2006, far outstripping its rivals and making it the fi rst European airport to top two million tonnes (2,057,175tonnes to be precise).

To put this in perspective, Frankfurt grew faster than Hong Kong or Singapore during the year, and was only just behind Shanghai in tonnage. In its summer schedule, it will have 245 cargo fl ights a week operated by 31 airlines, a year on year increase ofthree percent.