Fraport Traffic Figures - December 2005: Frankfurt Airport Achieves Record Year in 2005 - Peak December Figures for Passenger and Airfreight Traffic

Frankfurt (ots) - Fraport AG (FRA) completed 2005 with a new record figure for passenger traffic. A total of 52,219,412 passengers used Frankfurt Airport (FRA), an increase of 2.2 percent on the 2004 record year. Airfreight also grew robustly at the FRA international aviation hub, jumping 8.1 percent to 1,892,100 metric tons - another new peak figure.

Aircraft movements at FRA climbed 2.7 percent last year to a total of 490,147 takeoffs and landings. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) - which are important for calculating landing fees - even grew by 3.4 percent and achieved a new annual peak figure of 28,160,324 metric tons. As expected, airmail declined in 2005 to 99,437 metric tons. This 15.6 percent drop in tonnage resulted from the phased closing of FRA's overnight domestic-airmail hub.

The best December traffic results in FRA's history also contributed to the overall success of 2005. Frankfurt Airport served 3,682,908 passengers during the Christmas month of December. Compared to the already strong December 2004, this represented a further increase of 1.5 percent, whereby the December growth was generated by international traffic. In particular, European traffic was in the forefront, with Eastern Europe alone climbing by 10 percent. In intercontinental traffic, the Middle East region stood out once again as a dynamic growth market, recording double-digit growth for nearly all destinations in this region.

For the first time in two years, FRA registered a slight decline in aircraft movements (down 1.1 percent to 37,433 takeoffs and landings ) as well as in MTOWs (down 1.4 percent to 2,164,912 metric tons) due to a thinning out of the flight schedule after Christmas. However, weather-related cancellations were within the normal seasonal range.

Like the passenger category, airfreight also achieved a new December peak figure of 170,269 metric tons - representing an increase of 8.6 percent. FRA's jump in airfreight tonnage was driven by the 20 percent increase in intercontinental traffic to and from Asia. Strong North Atlantic business resulted in a two percent increase again.

The Fraport Group's other airports in Germany also enjoyed a successful year in 2005. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) served 3,075,561 passengers, an increase of 11.9 percent. During the same period, Hanover Airport (HAJ) registered 5,637,382 passengers and 7.4 percent growth. Saarbrücken Airport's (SCN) traffic grew 5.7 percent to 486,230 passengers.

While annual figures for Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru climbed 11.6 percent to 5,662,288 passengers last year, Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey registered 5,058,012 passengers at Fraport's Terminal 1, a decline of 59.2 percent. AYT has been impacted since the beginning of last spring by the opening of a second competing passenger terminal.

The Fraport Group's six airports welcomed a total of 72,138,885 passengers in 2005. Due to the traffic development in Antalya, this resulted in a drop of 6.4 percent compared to 2004. In 2006, a new arrangement for sharing passenger traffic is planned at Antalya Airport. This should result again in greater utilization of Fraport's terminal there. All airports in the Group reported unabated growth in cargo tonnage in 2005, reaching 2,385,560 metric tons, a jump of 7.6 percent.

Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures - December 2005 & Year 2005

Dec. 2005Change(2) Dec. 05/Dec. 04Jan. - Dec.2005Change(2) Jan. - Dec. 05/04
Passengers(1)3,682,9081.5 %52,219,4122.2 %
Airfreight(1) in metric tons170,2698.6 %1,892,1008.1 %
Airmail in metric tons11,295-9.3 %99,437-15.6 %
Aircraft Movements(3)37,433-1.1 %490,1472.7 %
MTOWs(3) in metric tons2,164,912-1.4 %28,160,3243.4 %
Punctuality share of punctual arrivals and departures in percent69.7 76.6

(1) Total traffic (arrivals + departures + transit)

(2) Change over previous year

(3) Excluding military flights

Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for 2005

AirportsPassengers(1) AbsoluteChange in %Cargo in metric tons (incl. airmail)Change in %Aircraft Movements absoluteChange in %
Frankfurt (FRA)52,219,4122.21,963,1426.7490,1472.7
Antalya(2) (AYT)5,058,012-59.2n.a.n.a.32,929-55.5
Frankfurt-Hahn(3) (HHN)3,075,56111.9228,92319.837,28318.4
Hanover (HAJ)5,637,3827.416,3793.988,9364.1
Lima (LIM)5,662,28811.6177,0623.273,2841.3
Saarbrücken (SCN)486,2305.75525.114,2023.2
Fraport Group72,138,885-6.42,385,5607.6736,781-2.4

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

(2) International passengers and movements only

(3) Hahn cargo (incl. cargo transported by truck)

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