Fraport traffic figures for November 2015 strongly impacted by Lufthansa strikes

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Group airports record mixed results

Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) traffic in November 2015 was impacted strongly by Lufthansa’s flight attendant strike.  The week-long walkout and its effects on the days following the strike resulted in about half a million passengers being unable to start their journeys at FRA – as well as the cancellation of 3,400 scheduled flights.  Thus, Frankfurt Airport’s passenger volume decreased significantly in the reporting month by 11.3 percent to 3.9 million compared to the same month last year.  The trend was also reflected in the 10.2 percent drop in aircraft movements to 33,337 takeoffs and landings.  The accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) fell by 7.8 percent to some 2.2 million metric tons, while Frankfurt’s cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) slipped by 3.6 percent to 195,505 metric tons.

Overall, Fraport AG’s international airport portfolio achieved mixed results in November 2015.  Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) welcomed 93,944 passengers, a noticable gain of 11.2 percent.  Serving 1.4 million passengers, Lima Airport (LIM) in the capital of Peru recorded strong growth of 8.9 percent.  The Bulgarian Black Sea airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) rose slightly by 1.1 percent to 40,668 passengers.  Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey registered 1.1 million passengers, down 3.4 percent year-on-year.  Influenced by the weak local economy, St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia experienced a 14.6 percent drop to 797,257 passengers.  At Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany, traffic declined by 5 percent to  381,986 passengers.  China’s Xi’an Airport (XIY) greeted 2.6 million passengers, representing a 9.5 percent traffic surge.

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