Frankfurt Airport Reports Record Traffic

FRANKFURT , July 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fraport AG looks back on an eventful first half 2010 at its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base. FRA's traffic development was slowed by several winter storms, strikes, as well as the ash cloud from Iceland at the beginning of the second quarter. However, Frankfurt Airport still recorded a 1.4 percent rise in passenger figures year-on-year - welcoming about 24.5 million passengers in the first six months of 2010. Exceeding more than one million metric tons, airfreight tonnage at Germany's busiest air transportation hub increased by 32.2 percent in the first half.

Following strong performance in May 2010 , FRA also registered positive traffic development in the reporting month. Indeed, three new June monthly traffic records were achieved. Frankfurt Airport welcomed more passengers, handled more airfreight, and registered more MTOWs (maximum takeoff weights) then in any previous June in FRA's history. Frankfurt Airport served some 4,851,896 passengers (up seven percent) and handled 192,508 metric tons of airfreight (up 29.9 percent) in June 2010 . MTOWs hit 2,449,797 metric tons (up 4.8 percent), while the number of aircraft movements climbed by 2.7 percent to 41,159 takeoffs and landings.

Commenting on the latest traffic figures, Fraport executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said: "These numbers convincingly show that the finance and economic crisis has been overcome and that the aviation industry - despite several small traffic blips - is back on track to reaching and even exceeding the results of the pre-crisis years."

"This positive development, the future viability of Germany as an aviation hub and the positive impact of air transportation on Germany's economy should not, under any circumstances, be threatened by the introduction of an ecological aviation tax," said Schulte in response to the German government's proposal. "Balancing the German federal budget is important and appropriate. But if the aviation industry has to contribute to this task - which we think is wrong because air transportation is self-financing and receives no subsidies - then the proposed ecological tax should be considerably reduced and should not cover air cargo and transfer passenger traffic. Otherwise, air transportation with its excellent global network - which is absolutely crucial for Germany's export-driven commerce and industry - will be continuously weakened," stressed Schulte.

Serving some 9.2 million passengers in June 2010 , the Fraport Group's five majority-owned airports - Frankfurt (FRA), Antalya (AYT) in Turkey , Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) in Bulgaria , and Lima (LIM) in Peru - achieved 11.8 percent growth year-on-year. Cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) advanced by 27.5 percent to 217,000 metric tons. Aircraft movements climbed by 8.3 percent to almost 75,000 takeoffs and landings.

During the first six months of 2010 these Fraport Group airports registered more than 7 percent growth in passenger traffic and a 30 percent surge in cargo tonnage. Group-wide, aircraft movements increased by 4.2 percent in the first half year-on-year - also driven by the growth in passenger figures at AYT (up 24.7 percent) and LIM (up 12.4 percent).

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