FRANKFURT (Fraport) - In August 2005 Frankfurt Airport (FRA) again served more than five million passengers, the second time in the airport's history that this level has been exceeded in a single month. During this preceding vacation month, 5,051,825 passengers used FRA, a 2.6 percent increase compared to the same month in the record year of 2004.
Intercontinental traffic was once again the growth engine for last month's passenger volume. In particular, North American routes recorded growth. As for tourist destinations, Tunisia, Italy, and Romania grew strongly.
FRA's freight throughput reached 146,791 metric tons in August 2005, a 3.0 percent increase over 2004. Routes to and from the Far East increased by almost one eighth, and Middle East tonnage jumped about one third.
Due to the closure of FRA's overnight domestic airmail hub, airmail tonnage experienced a noticeably drop of 16.1 percent to 7,254 metric tons.
Aircraft movements climbed again during the reporting month to 43,239 takeoffs and landings, an increase of 2.3 percent. FRA's maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) – crucial for airport charges – achieved a new daily record of 87,201 metric tons in August 2005 and also a new monthly record of 2,508,336 metric tons, up 1.8 percent over the previous year.
The Fraport Group's airports registered almost 7.23 million passengers. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) improved its figures by 13.8 percent to 311,278 passengers, Hanover Airport (HAJ) by 4.9 percent to 588,190 passengers, and Saarbrücken Airport (SCN) by 11.1 percent to 66,471 passengers.
Peru's Lima Airport (LIM) welcomed 555,993 passengers in August 2005, an 11.5 percent increase. The international terminal in Antalya, Turkey, in which Fraport is a shareholder, is a special situation. In August 2005, 656,350 passengers used this terminal at Antalya Airport (AYT), down 68.1 percent compared to the same month last year. This decline can be attributed to the strong competition from a new second international terminal in operation since April.
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