Some 5.9 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in August 2023. This represented growth of almost 13% compared with the same month in 2022. However, the passenger figures for August 2023 were still 15.3% behind those reached in pre-pandemic August 2019.
During the school vacations in the state of Hesse (in the period from July 21 to September 3), Germany’s gateway to the world handled more than 8.6 million passengers, resulting in 58,300 aircraft movements. The demand for holiday destinations on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, as well as in Greece and on the Canary Islands, even exceeded the levels seen in pre-crisis 2019. The most popular intercontinental destinations from FRA included North America and North and Central Africa – with Tunisia, Kenya, Cape Verde and Mauritius all exceeding 2019 levels.
Cargo volumes in Frankfurt rose again slightly in August 2023. At 156,827 metric tonnes, cargo throughput (comprising airfreight and airmail) was up 1.2% on the same month in 2022. The number of aircraft movements increased by 10.9% to 39,910 take-offs and landings in the reporting month, while accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) grew by 9.1% to around 2.5 million metric tonnes (in both cases, compared to August 2022).
Fraport’s Group airports worldwide also reported growth. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia served 149,399 passengers in August 2023, an increase of 19.3% year-on-year. Traffic at the Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) remained stable at just over 1.1 million passengers (a slight drop of 0.1%). Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) handled around 2.0 million passengers in August (a 10.5% increase). Meanwhile, traffic figures at the 14 regional airports in Greece rose to 6.1 million passengers (up 4.8%). In Bulgaria, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) saw a boost of 11.6% to 836,229 passengers overall. Passenger volumes at Antalya Airport on the Turkish Riviera rose to 5.8 million passengers (an increase of 10.9%).
Across the airports actively managed by Fraport, total passenger numbers improved by 9.0% year-on-year to 21.9 million travellers in August 2023.