Fraport Traffic Figures - January 2004

Record Month Again as Frankfurt Airport Registers Strongest January Ever for Passenger and Cargo Traffic

Frankfurt (ots) -

Group's Airports Report Noticeable Increase in Cargo and Passenger Traffic Overall

FRA/rap> Frankfurt Airport (FRA) achieved a new monthly record in January 2004 - the best January in the airport's history - with about 3.6 million passengers, or a 2.3 percent increase over the corresponding period last year. In particular, high growth rates were registered for intercontinental traffic on routes to the Far East and North America. The boom in long-haul travel, which German tour operators reported for the winter season, is reflected in January's passenger figures. For example, holiday destinations like Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Sri Lanka recorded double-digit growth rates.

In the airfreight traffic category, FRA also recorded noticeable growth of 3.6 percent versus January 2003. With 114,817 metric tons of airfreight, the reporting month was the best January in the airport's history. The previous record, reached during the boom year of 2000, was exceeded by 1,000 metric tons. The growth engine for this proved to be intercontinental traffic. In particular, cargo tonnage shipped to and from the Middle East, Central and South Africa, as well as Latin America developed strongly.

FRA's airmail volume declined further to 10,667 metric tons mainly because a renewed reduction in services for the domestic overnight airmail network in January 2004. This represented a decline of 7.8 percent over January 2003. Due to poor weather conditions the number of aircraft movements dropped slightly below the previous year's level. FRA registered 36,917 takeoffs and landings in January 2004, 1.7 percent less than the same month last year. Maximum Takeoff Weights (MTOWs) grew slightly by 0.1 percent to about two million metric tons.

Combined, the six airports of the Fraport Group served about 4.7 million passengers in the reporting month, 4.1 percent more than in January 2003. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) had 176,000 passengers, a 21.8 percent jump in passenger traffic. With about 270,000 international travelers, Antalya Airport (AYT) saw passenger traffic grow by 11.5 percent over the previous year's figure. Hanover Airport (HAJ) increased by 7.9 percent to about 288,000 passengers and Lima Airport (LIM) grew 7.3 percent to about 386,000 passengers. Cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) for the Fraport Group increased to over 152,000 metric tons, 3.4 percent more than in the corresponding month of 2003. The Fraport Group's airports registered a total of 53,591 takeoffs and landings in January 2004, 0.6 percent more than in the same month last year.

Airport - Traffic Figures for January 2004

January 2004Change 2 Jan. 04/ Jan. 03
Passengers 13,609,6092.3 %
Airfreight 1 in metric tons114,8173.6 %
Airmail in metric tons10,667-7.8 %
Aircraft Movements 336,917-1.7 %
MTOWs 3 in metric tons2,050,1250.1 %
Punctuality share of punctual arrivals and departures in percent69.2

1 Total traffic (arrivals + departures + transit, incl. general aviation)

2 Change over previous year

3 Excluding military flights

Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for January 2004

AirportsPassengers1 absoluteChange in %Airfreight in metric tons (incl. Airmail)Change in %
Fraport Group4,747,2764.1152,1793.4

AirportsAircraft Movements absolute in %Change
Fraport Group53,591-0.6

1Passengers (commercial traffic: arrivals + departures + transit)

2 International passengers and movements only

3 Hahn cargo (incl. cargo transported by truck)