Frankfurt (ots) – Significant declines in Frankfurt and at all international Group airports / cargo volumes only slightly declining in comparison
In 2020 Frankfurt Airport counted around 18.8 million passengers, a decrease of 73.4 percent compared to the previous year. With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger numbers fell massively from mid-March. Air traffic largely came to a standstill between April and June – with declines of up to 98 percent on a weekly basis compared to the same period last year. After a slight recovery in the third quarter, rising infection numbers and the associated travel restrictions caused another and sustained slump in passenger numbers from September onwards.
Dr. Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG: “The past year presented the entire aviation industry with extreme challenges. The number of passengers in Frankfurt was at the level last seen in 1984. One ray of hope was the volume of freight: Despite the lack of additional loading capacity on passenger planes, we almost reached the previous year’s level. During the first lockdown in particular, air traffic was of great importance to ensure that the population was supplied with important medical goods. ”
The number of flight movements fell by 58.7 percent in 2020 to 212,235 take-offs and landings. The total of the maximum take-off weights fell by 53.3 percent to around 14.9 million tons. The cargo volume reached just under 2.0 million tons and was therefore only slightly lower in comparison (minus 8.3 percent).
In December, the number of passengers fell by 81.7 percent to 891,925 passengers. With 13,627 take-offs and landings, flight movements were down by 62.8 percent. The total of the maximum take-off weights recorded a decrease of 53.6 percent to around 1.1 million tons. The cargo volume increased by 9.0 percent to 185,687 tons in December, which is the third month in a row.
Looking forward, Dr. Schulte: “Due to the current vaccination programs, we are optimistic that the travel restrictions will gradually be reduced from spring onwards. We expect passenger traffic to pick up significantly in the second half of the year. Overall, however, we have another difficult year ahead of us. We expect that we will exceed the passenger volume of 2020 in Frankfurt, but will still only be around 35 to 45 percent of the previous high of 2019. ”
Partly massive declines also in the international portfolio
Passenger numbers also fell significantly at all airports in the international portfolio for 2020 as a whole. The individual locations were affected to varying degrees by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over the months. At times, regular passenger traffic at individual airports (Ljubljana, Antalya and Lima) was discontinued, and in some cases extensive travel restrictions have been in effect almost everywhere since spring.
The number of passengers in Ljubljana, Slovenia fell by 83.3 percent to 288,235 passengers (minus 93.7 percent in December). The Brazilian airports in Fortaleza and Porto Alegre recorded a decrease of 56.7 percent to around 6.7 million passengers (minus 46.2 percent in December). The number of passengers at Lima Airport in Peru fell by 70.3 percent to around 7.0 million passengers (minus 61.6 percent in December).
The 14 Greek regional airports booked around 8.6 million passengers, a decrease of 71.4 percent (minus 85.3 percent in December). At the Bulgarian twin star airports Burgas and Varna, the number of passengers fell by 78.9 percent to around 1.0 million passengers (minus 69.7 percent in December).
The number of passengers at Antalya Airport in Turkey fell by 72.6 percent to around 9.7 million passengers (minus 69.8 percent in December). The airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, recorded a drop of 44.1 percent to around 10.9 million passengers (minus 38.5 percent in December). At Xi’an Airport in China, there was a slight recovery over the course of the year compared to the sharp decline in spring. The number of passengers here was around 31.0 million, a decrease of 34.2 percent (minus 14.8 percent in December).
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