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Fraport and MAG release February traffic figures

Two of Europe's most high-profile airport operators, Fraport and Manchester Airport Group (MAG), released their February traffic figures today, with the bulk of their gateways reporting healthy upturns in passenger numbers.

Frankfurt Airport, the jewel in Fraport's crown, handled nearly four million passengers in February to register a 3.8% upturn in traffic on the corresponding month a year ago.

It attributes the extra 134,000 passengers handlied during the month to the fact that it is a leap year, admitting that without the extra leap day, figures would have remained at the same level as last year.  
Elsewhere, across Fraport's international portfolio in February, traffic at Slovenia's Ljubljana Airport jumped by 7.9% to almost 78,000 passengers and Peru's capital city gateway, Lima Airport, welcomed nearly 1.5 million passengers (+12.3%).

Meanwhile, together, the Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast accomodated 34,864 passengers (+21.8%); and Xi'an Xianyang Airport in central China saw traffic soar by 15.2% to 2.9 million.

The only downside was the dip in traffic at both Antalya Airport in Turkey and St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport, which reported declines of 3.4% and 4% respectively.

The German airport operator attrributes the montly downturn at these airports to a "continuing traffic slowdown". 

Finally, back home in Germany, 306,460 passengers (+8.5%) passed through Hanover Airport, in which Fraport has a 30% stake.

UK-based MAG notes that Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports all experienced an upturn in traffic during February as "passengers filled new planes laid on to winter sun destinations and also enjoyed European city breaks in increasing numbers".

At Manchester Airport, passenger numbers were up 10.7% year-on-year, driven by increased capacity offered on existing and new routes. 

It says that at London Stansted Airport, "planes were fuller than last year", with load factors up 7.5%, nopting that domestic routes, primarily to Scotland, saw "outstanding performance", carrying 41% more passengers than in the same month last year, and the airport as a whole flew 15% more passengers than in February 2015. 
East Midlands Airport, which posted a 1.3% increase in passengers YoY, also saw passengers enthusiastic for winter sun destinations. Madeira increased 39.5% YoY and the Canary Islands 13.6%. Planes departing and arriving at the airport were 1.7% fuller than in February 2015.

While Bournemouth Airport’s 28,167 passengers in February took its rolling 12 month total to 723,415 which represents 9.7% growth over the previous year.

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