Frankfurt, Gatwick and Oslo airports in Europe have all reported a healthy upturn in March passenger traffic.
A record 4.5 million travellers used Frankfurt Airport in March – a rise of 4.1% on the corresponding month a year ago – meaning that 12.2 million passengers (+3.5%) passed through the German gateway in the first quarter of this year.
London Gatwick handled 2.5 million passengers (+3.9%) in March – its 15th consecutive month of growth – and 33.8 million passengers (+6.9%) in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012.
While Norwegian airport operator, Avinor, has announced that passenger numbers at Oslo Gardermoen increased by 7.3% in March.
Talking about Gatwick’s upturn in passengers and an 8.1% rise in cargo tonnage in March 2012, chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: “This has been a successful year for Gatwick, having achieved passenger growth every single month despite the economic headwinds being faced in our industry.
“We have been competing vigorously with other London airports including Heathrow, Stansted and Luton and we have been winning new routes to the UK’s key trading partners, providing direct connections between London and high growth economies.”
The picture for cargo tonnage in March 2012 wasn’t so good at Frankfurt, however, the airport recording an 11% dip in volumes and a 12.2% decline in the first three months of this year.
Operator, Fraport, attributed the drop in volumes to “the uncertainties in the global economy and the night flight curfew”.
Across its airport portfolio, Fraport welcomed more than 17.5 million passengers from January to March 2012 – a 3.9% increase on the previous year.