Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has recently announced their March and First Quarter Traffic Figures, which shows positive growth in the first three months of 2019. FRA has served almost 14.8 million passengers – an increase of 2.5 percent year-on-year, while aircraft movements rose by 3.0 percent to 116,581 takeoffs and landings.
Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) climbed by 2.9 percent to some 7.3 million metric tons. Only cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) declined by 2.3 percent to a total of 527,151 metric tons, reflecting the worldwide economic slowdown.
In March 2019, Frankfurt Airport recorded year-on-year traffic growthof 1.4 percent to about 5.6 million passengers. This increase was achieved despite the fact that, in March last year, traffic was additionally boosted by the earlier timing of the Easter school holidays, falling in April this year. Aircraft movements climbed by 2.1 percent to 42,056 takeoffs and landings, while accumulated MTOWs grew by 2.8 percent to about 2.6 million metric tons. Cargo throughput remained almost level compared to March 2018, rising by 0.2 percent to 202,452 metric tons.
Across the Group, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio largely performed well in the first quarter of 2019, even though the different timing of the Easter holidays had an impact on some airports serving tourist destinations. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia closed the January-to-March period with an increase of 4.0 percent to 342,636 passengers (March 2019: up 3.0 percent to 133,641 passengers). In Brazil, the two airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and PortoAlegre (POA), combined, welcomed some 3.9 million passengers, postinga gain of 11.9 percent (March 2019: up 8.3 percent to approximately 1.2 million passengers).