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Fraport Traffic Figures for April 2022: Slowdown in cargo traffic continues

May 12, 2022

Frankfurt Airport records strongest month since the pandemic began – Fraport’s Group airports worldwide report dynamic increase in demand – Greek airports almost reach pre-crisis levels – Fraport Traffic Figures for April 2022: Slowdown in cargo traffic continues

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 4.0 million passengers in April 2022, representing an increase of 303.8 percent compared to April 2021. As a result, Germany’s largest aviation hub recorded its strongest traffic month since the beginning of the pandemic – with April 2022 passenger numbers even exceeding the monthly levels achieved during last year’s summer season. Compared to pre-pandemic April 2019, passenger traffic was still down by 34.2 percent in the reporting month.

January

February

Jan-Feb

March

Jan-March

Q 1

April

Jan-Apr

Cargo (ld. + unld. + transit) (t)

2022

174,753

164,769

339,522

181,214

520,736

520,736

169,316

690,052

2021

176,266

180,725

356,991

208,506

565,497

565,497

201,661

767,158

Change %

-0.9

-8.8

-4.9

-13.1

-7.9

-7.9

-16.0

-10.1

Cargo (ld. + unld.) (t)

2022

171,749

161,795

333,545

177,610

511,155

511,155

166,023

677,178

2021

173,374

177,401

350,775

204,865

555,640

555,640

198,830

754,470

Change %

-0.9

-8.8

-4.9

-13.3

-8.0

-8.0

-16.5

-10.2

- Air Freight (t)

2022

170,849

161,267

332,116

177,506

509,622

509,622

165,876

675,498

(ld. + unld. + transit) (t)

2021

171,952

177,225

349,177

204,376

553,553

553,553

197,763

751,316

Change %

-0.6

-9.0

-4.9

-13.1

-7.9

-7.9

-16.1

-10.1

- Mail (t)

2022

3,904

3,502

7,406

3,708

11,114

11,114

3,441

14,554

(ld. + unld. + transit) (t)

2021

4,314

3,500

7,814

4,130

11,944

11,944

3,898

15,843

Change %

-9.5

0.1

-5.2

-10.2

-7.0

-7.0

-11.7

-8.1


In contrast, cargo tonnage (airfreight + airmail) slipped by 16.0 percent year-on-year in April 2022. Cargo continued to be affected by airspace restrictions related to the war in Ukraine, as well as the extensive anti-Covid measures taken in China. FRA’s aircraft movements climbed by 108.8 percent year-on-year to 32,342 takeoffs and landings in the reporting month. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) gained 69.7 percent year-on-year to about 2.0 million metric tons.

Across the Group, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also benefitted in April 2022 from the ongoing rebound in passenger demand. All of the Fraport Group airports worldwide achieved traffic gains of more than 100 percent compared to April 2021.

Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia welcomed 69,699 passengers in April 2022. At the two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA), combined traffic grew to 886,505 passengers. Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) recorded some 1.4 million passengers. Fraport’s 14 regional airports in Greece received a total of 1.4 million passengers in April 2022 – thus nearly reaching pre-crisis levels again (down only 2.4 percent compared to April 2019). On the Bulgarian Riviera, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) also achieved a traffic increase, with a total of 95,951 passengers served in the reporting month. Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast rose to about 1.5 million passengers.

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