Passenger traffic rises at FRA and Group airports worldwide
In February 2019, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 4.5
million passengers – an increase of 4.3 percent year-on-year. During
the first two months of the year, FRA achieved passenger growth of
Aircraft movements climbed by 4.7 percent to 36,849 takeoffs and
landings in in the reporting month. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 4.6 percent to almost 2.3 million metric
tons. Reflecting the ongoing slowdown in global trade, cargo
throughput (airfreight + airmail) contracted by 3.4 percent to
161,366 metric tons.
Group airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their
positive performance in February 2019. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in
Slovenia served 105,470 passengers, a gain of 6.3 percent. In
Brazil, combined traffic at Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA)
airports increased by 15.8 percent to 1.2 million passengers.
Fraport’s Greek regional airports recorded overall growth of 13.6
percent to 588,433 passengers. The busiest airports included
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 368,119 passengers (up 24.2 percent), Chania
(CHQ) on the island of Crete with 47,661 passengers (up 19.6
percent), and Rhodes (RHO) with 46,331 passengers (down 13.0
In Peru, Lima Airport (LIM) saw traffic grow by 4.6 percent to some
1.8 million passengers. The two Bulgarian airports of Varna (VAR) and
Burgas (BOJ), combined, recorded a slight gain of 0.9 percent to
61,580 passengers. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey served 766,068
passengers, up 10.4 percent. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg,
Russia, grew by 13.5 percent to about 1.1 million passengers. Traffic
at Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China advanced by 6.8 percent to 3.7
On March 6, Fraport AG inaugurated a €6 million training center for the Fraport Aviation Academy at Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia. This new training facility will allow the Fraport Group to expand its international training activities to meet the growing demand from external and the internal customers – particularly in the areas of firefighting, emergency services, crisis management, ground handling. Established in 2016, the Academy is now well positioned to serve the international training market and expects to receive more than 500 participants at the training center during 2019. The Fraport Aviation Academy Training Center features almost 1,500 square meters of space for classrooms, simulators and other specialized equipment – plus outdoor areas for “live” practical training. This will also increase training offerings for staff of the Fraport Group, which is now active at some 30 airports around the globe.
“More than ever, the aviation industry needs skilled staff to meet air traffic growth and other challenges. Our new Fraport Aviation Academy Training Center takes us to the next level in delivering professional training to external clients as well as our Group employees worldwide,” stated Michael Müller, Fraport AG’s executive board member and executive director labor relations.
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The Group’s Slovenian subsidary has been mandated to develop the Aviation Academy business. “The new training facility represents an investment in growing and strengthening Fraport Slovenija’s core business and Ljubljana Airport,” explained Zmago Skobir, managing director of Fraport Slovenija.
The Fraport Aviation Academy team already boasts over 100 professionals from the Fraport Group and key strategic partners, who together create a comprehensive learning program. The latest partners to be attracted to the Fraport Aviation Academy are Rosenbauer, a renowned manufacturer of firefighting equipment, and the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI) – the a leading provider of accident investigation and safety training services.
They join the Academy’s partners from the Fraport Group, including the FTC Frankfurt fire training center and Fraport Twin Star in Bulgaria. Slovenian partners include the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board of Slovene Armed Forces (Ministry of Defence), Adria Flight School, Slovenia Control (Slovenia’s air traffic control organization), the University of Maribor’s Faculty of Organizational Sciences, and Slovenia’s Training Centre for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.
Thomas Uihlein, director of the Fraport Aviation Academy, spoke about the vision for training: “The long-term goal is not only to pass on knowledge and skills, but to link different areas of aviation into an integrated learning concept. Our vision is to make the Fraport Aviation Academy the leading skills center for the global aviation industry.”
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed nearly 4.7 million passengers in
January 2019, thus starting the year with 2.3 percent traffic growth.
Without strike and weather-related flight cancellations, passenger
traffic at FRA would have grown by about 4.3 percent.
Aircraft movements climbed by 2.3 percent to 37,676 takeoffs and
landings in the reporting month. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs)
rose by 1.5 percent to about 2.4 million metric tons. Only cargo
(airfreight + airmail) posted a decline in January 2019, dropping by
4.3 percent to 163,332 metric tons. Decisive factors affecting cargo
traffic included weaker global trade and the resulting dip in demand.
Most of the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also
achieved growth in January 2019. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU)
served 103,653 passengers, a rise of 3.3 percent. The Brazilian
airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) registered
combined traffic of almost 1.5 million passengers, up 10.5 percent
Total traffic for the 14 Greek regional airports reached 617,885
passengers, resulting in a 12.3 percent surge. The busiest airports
included Thessaloniki (SKG) with 388,309 passengers, up 25.4 percent;
Chania (CHQ) with 50,949 passengers, up 17.8 percent; and Rhodes
(RHO) with 50,809 passengers, down 13.4 percent.
Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru, South America, saw traffic increase by
5.0 percent to around 1.9 million passengers. On the Bulgarian Black
Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR)
registered a total of 67,924 passengers, declining 6.8 percent. On
the Turkish Rivera, Antalya Airport (AYT) received 877,161 passengers
and recorded a 9.6 percent jump in traffic. Russia’s St. Petersburg
Airport (LED) advanced by 14.0 percent to some 1.2 million
passengers. In China, Xi’an Airport (XIY) recorded a 13.9 percent
gain to almost 3.8 million passengers
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served more than 69.5 million passengers in 2018, thus posting a new record high in the airport’s history.
Compared to 2017, traffic at Germany’s largest airport grew by some 5 million passengers or 7.8 percent. This strong growth resulted from the launch of more routes to new destinations from FRA and from airlines increasing flight frequencies.
Commenting on the 2018 traffic figures, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Stefan Schulte said: “The previous year has proved once again that there continues to be great demand for flying. In Frankfurt, we have achieved the highest absolute passenger growth in our history. This underscores Frankfurt Airport’s position as one of Europe’s leading aviation hubs. At the same time, the extraordinary growth in air traffic overall has caused major challenges for us and the entire aviation sector. Together with our partners, we are taking efforts to restore and enhance punctuality and reliability in air
In full-year 2018, aircraft movements at FRA rose by 7.7 percent to 512,115 takeoffs and landings in 2018. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) also increased by 5.1 percent to some 31.6 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) posted a slight 0.7 percent decline to about 2.2 million metric tons, reflecting growing uncertainties in global trade, particularly during the second half of the year.
In December 2018, more than 4.9 million passengers traveled via Frankfurt Airport – an increase of 7.8 percent compared to December 2017. Aircraft movements climbed by 9.0 percent to 38,324 takeoffs and landings, while accumulated MTOWs grew by 6.5 percent to about 2.4 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airmail + airfreight) expanded by 1.9 percent to 183,674 metric tons in the reporting month.
Airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also reported noticeable growth in 2018. CEO Schulte commented: “In addition to Frankfurt, most of our Group airports worldwide also achieved new passenger records last year. We continue to invest in the airports of our international portfolio, thus ensuring their long-term development. To create additional capacity, we are currently carrying out major expansion projects at our Group airports, particularly in Greece, Brazil and Peru.”
In Slovenia, Ljubljana Airport (LJU) posted a 7.7 percent traffic increase to over 1.8 million passengers in 2018. Combined traffic at the two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) rose by 7.0 percent to some 14.9 million passengers. Traffic at the 14 Greek regional airports advanced by 8.9 percent to a total of almost 29.9 million passengers. The three busiest gateways in Fraport’s Greek portfolio were Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) with some 6.7 million passengers (up 7.1 percent), Rhodes Airport (RHO) witharound 5.6 million passengers (up 5.0 percent), and Corfu Airport (CFU) where traffic soared by 15.3 percent to nearly 3.4 million passengers.
Lima Airport (LIM) in the capital of Peru welcomed more than 22.1 million passengers in 2018, representing an increase of 7.3 percent.
On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) closed the year with combined traffic growth of 12.2 percent to about 5.6 million passengers. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey saw traffic advance by 22.5 percent to almost 32.3 million passengers. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia served more than 18.1 million passengers – an increase of 12.4 percent. Some 44.7 million passengers used Xi’an Airport (XIY) inChina, up 6.7 percent.
Frankfurt Airport welcomed around 5.24 million passengers in November
2018, a growth of 4.7 percent year-on-year. This development was
driven by European traffic (up 6.1 percent) as well as
intercontinental traffic (up 4.3 percent). The cumulative growth in
passenger numbers for the first eleven months of the current year was
In a similar vein, aircraft movements in November increased by 5.3
percent to 41,192 takeoffs and landings. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 3.3 percent to around 2.5 million metric
tons. Only the cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) declined in
November, falling by 2.1 percent to around 196,537 million metric
tons in response to the growing uncertainty in global trade.
The international airports in Fraport’s portfolio also enjoyed
largely positive development in November. While Ljubljana Airport
(LJU) in Slovenia saw a slight decline of 3.3 percent to 117,554
passengers, the Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto
Alegre (POA) reported significant growth of 10.8 percent to around
1.3 million passengers. The 14 regional airports in Greece saw an
overall growth of 12.8 percent to 726,159 passengers. The three
airports in the Greek portfolio with the most traffic were
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 428,897 passengers (up 16.6 percent), Rhodes
(RHO) with 68,041 passengers (minus 9.7 percent to) and Chania (CHQ)
with 59,053 passengers (up 14.6 percent). Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru
grew by 6.7 percent to about 1.8 million passengers. A total of
68,246 passengers used the Bulgarian Twin Star airports of Varna
(VAR) and Burgas (BOJ), down 6.8 percent. Antalya Airport (AYT) again
enjoyed substantial growth of 26.9 percent to around 1.2 million
passengers. Growing passenger numbers were also reported at Pulkovo
Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg with around 1.3 million passengers
(up 18.1 percent) and Xi’an (XIY) in China with around 3.6 million
passengers (up 4.8 percent)