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Fraport traffic figures - April 2016: Cargo volumes see strong growth, while passenger numbers decline

Fraport traffic figures - April 2016: Cargo volumes see strong growth, while passenger numbers decline (Forimmediaterelease.net) FRANKFURT, Germany - With almost five million passengers served in April 2016, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) saw passenger figures decline by 2.5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. FRA's traffic performance was distorted by a number of special and base-year effects, including a public sector strike on April 27, the closure of Brussels Airport and the earlier timing of the Easter holidays, with some travelers already departing in March instead of April, as in the previous year. However, even without these effects, passenger figures would have declined by about 1.5 percent in April 2016. This was largely the result of restrained holiday bookings in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks as well as reflecting holidaymakers' concerns about the security situation at various travel destinations.

In marked contrast to passenger traffic, cargo (airfreight + airmail) volumes experienced strong growth, soaring by 5.0 percent to 181,948 metric tons. Far East traffic was the main growth driver, with cargo tonnage to/from this region climbing by 9.0 percent. Freight volumes on routes to/from China, Japan, and India even recorded dynamic double-digit growth. While cargo throughput declined during the first three months of 2016, cumulative cargo volumes in the year to April reached positive territory again for the first time, growing by 0.5 percent. Despite the strike on April 27, maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 0.2 percent to 2.48 million metric tons, thus even exceeding the previous April record achieved last year. With some 39,000 takeoffs and landings, aircraft movements decreased by 2.1 percent.

In the reporting month, Fraport AG's international portfolio of airports continued to develop in two different directions. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru achieved strong passenger growth again, welcoming almost 1.4 million passengers in April 2016 - an increase of 7.1 percent. Traffic also advanced at Xi'an Airport (XIY) in central China, rising by 8.8 percent to almost 3 million passengers. Combined, the two Twin Star airports on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast - Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) - also saw traffic rise by 11.6 percent to 57,498 passengers in the month of April. By contrast, passenger numbers at Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey and Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, declined again by 22.8 percent to 1.2 million passengers and 3.5 percent to 900,541 passengers, respectively. Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany also recorded a 4.4 percent drop to 415,047 passengers. At Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia, traffic fell by 10.5 percent to 100,549 passengers year-on-year.

Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on three continents. The Fraport Group generated sales of €2.6 billion and profit of about €297 million in 2015. In 2015, some 111 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake. In its Mission Statement, Fraport places the focus on customers. The Group's commitment to ensuring a “good trip" to all passengers and travelers is also reflected in the corporate slogan: “Gute Reise! We make it happen." This commitment applies to all of Fraport's business activities and services both at Germany's largest aviation hub in Frankfurt and the Group's airports worldwide.

At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed more than 61 million passengers and handled about 2.1 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2015. For the current summer timetable, FRA is served by 95 passenger airlines flying to 290 destinations in some 100 countries worldwide. Half of FRA's destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) - underscoring Frankfurt's role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks second in terms of cargo tonnage and is the fourth busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany's largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 80,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Almost half of Germany's population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub - the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region's dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA's world route network enables Hesse's and Germany's export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport - which is strategically located in the heart of Europe - is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.

MEDIA CONTACT: Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. – International Spokesman and Head of International Press/PR & External Activities Team, Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications, 60547 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; E-mail: r.payne@fraport.de ; Internet: www.fraport.com PRESS RELEASE www.buzz.travel

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