Some 59.57 million travellers passed through Germany’s largest aviation hub last year, an increase of 2.6% year-on-year.
Passenger growth at Fraport AG’s home base would have been even greater with an underlying rise of around 3.9% to about 60.3 million passengers – when taking into account the high number of mainly strike-related flight cancellations and other cancellations, including due to adverse weather.
Cargo volumes at Frankfurt also advanced in 2014, rising by 1.7% to about 2.2 million metric tonnes by year-end.
Aircraft movements edged down by 0.8% to about 469,000 take-offs and landings, it says reflected the ongoing trend towards larger aircraft and better capacity utilization along with higher passenger and cargo volumes.
Simultaneously, accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOW) increased by 1.9% to about 29 million metric tonnes.
In the reporting month of December 2014, Frankfurt served around four million passengers, which represents a 2% decrease year-on-year, resulting from strike and weather-related flight cancellations.
Aircraft movements also declined by 5.2% in December 2014 to 32,954 take-offs and landings, while accumulated MTOWs contracted 1.1% to 2.1 million metric tonnes.
Cargo volumes also slipped by 1.4% year-on-year, reaching a total of 176,241 metric tonnes.
Fraport’s executive board chairman, Dr Stefan Schulte, says: “We are delighted that – despite the strikes – we were clearly able to maintain the expected growth range forecast for FRA in 2014.
“On behalf of the entire executive board, I would like to extend special thanks to all of our Fraport employees.
“Even on the busiest days in 2014 – when traffic frequently exceeded the 200,000 level – our employees showed excellent team performance and did their utmost to provide the best possible travel experience to our passengers.”
Looking in the future, Schulte emphasizes: “The growth trend experienced in 2014 confirms our forecasts for the coming years. This further underscores why we need a third new passenger terminal here at Frankfurt Airport.
“If the current trend continues, with growth rates ranging from two to three percent, in the coming years, the existing terminals will reach their capacity limits by 2021 at the latest.
“We will need the new Terminal 3 to ensure that we can continue delivering excellent service quality to our passengers, also with modern and trendsetting ambiance in the future.”
Across the group, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also recorded positive traffic growth in 2014.
Slovenia’s capital city airport of Ljubljana Airport, which Fraport acquired in September 2014 – welcomed 1.3 million passengers and reported growth of 3.1% year-on-year.
With some 15.7 million passengers, Lima Airport in Peru recorded a 5% jump in passenger traffic compared to 2013, while the Fraport Twinstar airports of Burgas and Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast saw traffic rise by 3.1% to 3.9 million passengers.
Antalya Airport on the Turkish Riviera served some 28 million passengers in 2014 – a 4.7% increase compared to the previous year, St Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport, passenger traffic surged by 11% to 14.3 million in 2014, and Hanover Airport recorded 1.1% growth to almost 5.3 million passengers.
In China, Xi’an Airport served some 29.2 million passengers in 2014, achieving double-digit growth of 12% versus the previous year.
In December 2014, all of Fraport’s international airports recorded traffic growth, thus contributing to the group’s overall positive result, and Dr Schulte explaines the dynamic performance of Fraport’s global portfolio shows the company is following the right path: “Our strong portfolio, which has been performing well for many years now, will further benefit from the recent addition of Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia and US-based Airmall.”