April cargo volumes spike at Frankfurt on back of Asia surge

Far East traffic was the main growth driver, with cargo tonnage to/from this region surging 9.0 per cent.


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Cargo (airfreight + airmail) volumes experienced strong growth, soaring by 5.0 per cent to 181,948 tonnes in April, year-on-year. Far East traffic was the main growth driver, with cargo tonnage to/from this region surging 9.0 per cent.

Freight volumes on routes to/from China, Japan, and India even recorded dynamic double-digit growth. While cargo throughput declined during the first three months of 2016, cumulative cargo volumes in the year to April reached positive territory again for the first time, growing by 0.5 percent.

Despite the strike on April 27, maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 0.2 percent to 2.48 million tonnes, thus even exceeding the previous April record achieved last year. With some 39,000 takeoffs and landings, aircraft movements decreased by 2.1 per cent.

In contrast to the rising cargo numbers, passenger figures decline by 2.5 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year.  FRA’s traffic performance was distorted by a number of special and base-year effects, including a public sector strike on April 27, the closure of Brussels Airport and the earlier timing of the Easter holidays, with some travelers already departing in March instead of April, as in the previous year.



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