EUROPE & CIS: Frankfurt enjoys 13% April jump in cargo

Frankfurt Airport saw its cargo traffic jump 12.8 per cent in April from a year earlier, to an all time high for the month as the German economy continues on its strong growth trajectory. Europe’s largest cargo airport handled 191,087 tonnes in April, taking traffic for the first four months of the year to 744,483 […]


Frankfurt Airport saw its cargo traffic jump 12.8 per cent in April from a year earlier, to an all time high for the month as the German economy continues on its strong growth trajectory. Europe’s largest cargo airport handled 191,087 tonnes in April, taking traffic for the first four months of the year to 744,483 tonnes, up 5.6 per cent on the same period in 2010. “The impact of the global financial and economic crisis on traffic at Frankfurt airports has now been relegated to the history books,” Fraport, the Frankfurt airport owner, said. The April increase outpaced year-onyear growth of 4.3 per cent in February and 7.7 per cent in January when traffic also reached record highs for the first two months of the year. Cargo volume dipped 0.3 per cent in March, the first drop in 18 months as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan reduced shipments from that key market. Cargo traffic at Fraport’s five majorityowned airports – Frankfurt, Lima, Peru; Antalya, Turkey; and Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria – grew 13.4 per cent in April. Lima was the best performing airport with cargo leaping 18.6 per cent to 20,957 tonnes.