200,000 passengers per day exceeded for the first time in a May month – Maximum takeoff weights continue to increase
In contrast, the additional holidays in May dampened FRA’s cargo throughput in the reporting month, with tonnage (airfreight and airmail) slipping by 3.1 percent to 179,831 metric tons. Aircraft movements increased slightly by 0.7 percent to 42,656 takeoffs and landings. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) jumped by 3.2 percent to about 2.7 million metric tons – also reaching a new May record. The trend of recent months towards deployment of larger aircraft and better capacity utilization continued at FRA.
Fraport AG’s Group airports around the world registered positive development overall in May 2015. With 128,411 passengers, Slovenia’s capital city airport in Ljubljana (LJU) posted a traffic surge of 19.6 percent year-on-year. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru also reported satisfying traffic performance. With more than 1.4 million passengers in May 2015, LIM’s traffic clearly advanced by 9.2 percent. Bulgaria’s Twinstar airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR), however, experienced a combined 7.4 percent drop in traffic to 167,984 passengers. Turkey’s Antalya Airport (AYT) saw traffic decline by 6.6 percent to about three million passengers. At St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, the number of passengers fell by 4.2 percent to about 1.2 million passengers. In northern Germany, Hanover Airport (HAJ) received 512,048 passengers, representing dynamic growth of 7.6 percent year-on-year. Serving about 2.8 million passengers in May 2015, Xi’an Airport in central China once again reported strong double-digit growth of 12.8 percent.