Fraport Traffic Figures - September 2005

Frankfurt Airport's Airfreight Booms with Peak Results - Steady Traffic Growth Since the Start of the Year

Frankfurt/Main (ots) - Following two very successful vacation months when the five million passenger mark was exceeded for the first time, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) almost reached this monthly record again in September 2005 - when 4,959,193 passengers used the FRA global air transportation hub. This represents a 2.6 percent increase compared to the same month of the 2004 record year and establishes a new peak figure for the month of September.

European traffic generated the most noticeable increase again. Intercontinental traffic also achieved above average growth. In particular, routes to and from South Africa and the Middle East drove this growth.

In the reporting month FRA's airfreight tonnage grew even more briskly than passenger traffic, jumping by 9.7 percent over the previous year to 161,989 metric tons. Thus, to date FRA has achieved its best September for airfreight throughput. In September 2005, FRA also recorded its second highest monthly tonnage figure ever.

Likewise, the number of aircraft movements at FRA climbed in September 2005 to 43,274 takeoffs and landings, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the same month last year.

The closing of FRA's overnight domestic airmail hub again resulted in an expected decline of 17.4 percent. Thus, FRA only handled 7,718 metric tons of airmail in September 2005. Maximum Takeoff Weights (MTOWs) - a basic element for calculating airport charges - reached 2,497,692 metric tons, a 4.3 percent increase compared to last year.

FRA's traffic development during the first three quarters of 2005 can be characterized as absolutely positive. The number of passengers reached 39,771,017, a 2.5-percent increase compared to the first nine months of the 2004 record year. With 1,367,159 metric tons, the airfreight category even recorded growth of 7.5 percent. The number of aircraft movements rose by 3.3 percent to 369,753.

The other German airports in the Fraport Group also registered steady traffic growth. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) served 2,322,687 passengers from January through September 2005, an increase of 11.6 percent. Traffic at Hanover Airport (HAJ) grew in the first three quarters of the year by 7.4 percent to 4,325,098 passengers. Saarbrücken Airport (SCN) served 385,069 passengers, or 6.5 percent growth for the same time period.

Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru saw traffic jump by 12.4 percent to 4,268,409 passengers, while figures for Antalya Airport in Turkey were affected in the past few months by the inauguration of a second passenger terminal. Thus, 4,382,154 travelers used Fraport's Antalya terminal, a 55.3 percent drop compared to 2004.

The six airports of the Fraport Group welcomed 55,447,155 passengers from January to September 2005. Compared to last year, the Group's total traffic dropped by 5.8 percent due to the special development at Antalya Airport. However, cargo traffic increased for all of the Group's airports, climbing by 7.0 percent to 1,713,456 metric tons.

Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures - September 2005

September 2005Change(2) Sept. 05/ Sept. 04Jan.-Sept. 2005Change(2)Jan. - Sept.05/04
Passengers(1)4,959,1932.6 %39,771,0172.5 %
Airfreight(1) in metric tons161,9899.7 %1,367,1597.5 %
Airmail in metric tons7,718-17.4 %71,388-16.4 %
Aircraft Movements(3)43,2744.4 %369,7533.3 %
MTOWs(3) in metric tons2,497,6924.3 %21,242,1844.3 %
Punctuality share of punctual arrivals and departures in percent78.377.5

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

(2) Change over previous year

(3) Excluding military flights

Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for September 2005

AirportsPassen- gers(1) absoluteChange in %Cargo in metric tons. incl.airmail) (absoluteChange in %Aircraft Movements absoluteChange in %
Frankfurt (FRA)4,957,5592.6167,4548.643,2744.4
Antalya(2) (AYT)510,227- 67.7n.a.n.a.3,311-64.0
Frankfurt-Hahn3 (HHN)284,41813.220,93618.03,59624.6
Hanover (HAJ)597,9036.51,48311.98,6805.9
Lima (LIM)475,42516.018,2341.16,4478.0
Saarbrücken (SCN)60,5899.39224.11,4073.2
Fraport Group6,886,121-10.5208,1168.866,715-3.4

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

(2) Only passengers of the Fraport managed terminal.

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