In 2016 cargo throughput at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) increased by 1.8 per cent to 2.15 million tonnes, while aircraft movements declined by 1.1 per cent to 462,885 takeoffs and landings.
Last year, FRA was affected by pilot strikes and the hub’s operator Fraport says without the effects resulting from strikes and weather-related flight cancellations, the number of aircraft movements would have seen a decline by only 0.3 per cent.
In December 2016, Cargo saw a particularly strong December month, with tonnage growing by 7.6 per cent to 188,635 tonnes, driven by the recovery in world trade and a rise in demand for exports in the Euro zone stimulated by the weak euro, as well as the ongoing dynamic growth of the German economy.
Fraport’s other airports around the globe saw varying figures for 2016 as Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia saw a rise of 2.4 per cent to 10,379 tonnes, Lima International Airport in Peru saw a fall of 4.3 per cent to 287,826 tonnes and Burgas Airport in Bulgaria a 18 per cent fall to 10,877 tonnes.
At gateways it has a stake in – Xian International Airport saw freight tonnage rise 10.5 per cent to 233,779 tonnes and Hanover Airport an 8.2 per cent to 18,935 tonnes.