Fraport Traffic Figures - January 2005

Record January in Frankfurt / Passenger and Cargo Figures Continue to Grow - Group's Airports Enjoy Traffic Jump Again

Frankfurt/Main (ots) - Frankfurt Airport (FRA) passenger and airfreight traffic continued to grow unabatedly in January 2005. About 3.7 million passengers used Germany's largest airport during the first four weeks of the year - a 3.2 percent increase compared to the same month last year and the strongest January in the history of the airport. FRA also reported its best January ever for airfreight, handling 135,707 metric tons and achieving a double-digit increase of 18.2 percent.

Continuing increases in intercontinental traffic on routes to and from Asia, South Africa, and South America affected passenger growth, in particular. Destinations in Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe also enjoyed strong demand. Intensified airfreight activity resulted mainly from new freighter services and increasing volumes for Far East connections. Furthermore, growth markets in Latin America, North Africa and Eastern Europe generated positive impulses.

As expected, FRA's airmail volume continued to decline, dropping noticeably by 13.4 percent to 9,240 metric tons. Aircraft movements at FRA grew 3.2 percent to 38,098 takeoffs and landings. Maximum Takeoff Weights (MTOWs) jumped 6.6 percent to 2.2 million metric tons compared to January 2004 - whereby FRA's share of widebody aircraft continued to rise.

The Fraport Group's other airports experienced strong growth figures in January 2005. Combined, the six Fraport airports served some five million passengers during the reporting month. Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera, which attracted many vacationers originally destined for Southeast Asia, welcomed 317,808 passengers and experienced a double-digit increase of 17.6 percent compared to January 2004. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) also recorded a noticeable increase of 12.7 percent to 198,128 passengers in January 2005.

Traffic to North America and Europe contributed over-proportionally to the surge in growth at Lima Airport (LIM), with figures increasing 13.4 percent to 451,062 passengers. Lima Airport serves as the regional air transportation hub for Latin America. Recently, Fraport inaugurated the Peru Plaza terminal expansion at LIM, which includes a shopping mall accessible to the public.

Frankfurt Airport - Traffic Figures for January 2005

January 2005Change(2) Jan. 05/ Jan. 04
Passengers(1)3,724,9253.2 %
Airfreight(1)in metric tons135,70718.2 %
Airmail in metric tons9,240-13.4 %
Aircraft Movements(3)38,0983.2 %
MTOWs in metric tons2,185,2856.6 %
Punctuality share of punctual arrivals and departures in percent72.5

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

(2) Change over previous year

(3) Excluding military flights

Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for January 2005

AirportsPassen Gers (1) absoluteChange in %Air- freight in metric tons (incl. Airmail)abso-luteChange in%Air-craftMove-ments (abso-lute)Change in %
Frankfurt (FRA)3,724,3273.2142,77415.838,0983.2
Antalya(2) (AYT)317,80817.6n.a.n.a.2,2047.7
Frankfurt-Hahn(3) (HHN)198,12812.714,42915.32,2103.2
Hanover (HAJ)303,0615.41,46218.84,598-0.2
Lima (LIM)451,06213.413,402-11.35,424-12.3
Saarbrücken (SCN)19,1371.316700.08976.4
Fraport Group5,013,5235.3172,08313.153,4311.3

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

(2) International passengers and movements only

(3) Frankfurt-Hahn: includes cargo transported by truck