Fraport, which released its global year-to-date traffic figures today, reveals that 54.1 million passengers (+2.3%) passed through Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in the nine months ending September 30.
It says that the upturn was mainly driven by intercontinental traffic (up 3.4%), while European traffic grew at a slower rate of 1.7%.
Elsewhere, during the first nine months of 2019, Fortaleza in Brazil (+10.8%), Antalya in Turkey (+10%), St Petersburg in Russia (+8.1%), Mykonos and Aktion/Preveza in Greece (8.6% and 8.3% respectively), Lima in Peru (+6.7%) and Xi'an in China (+6.2%) recorded the biggest increases in throughput.
Indeed, the only airports in its portfolio to report negative results in 2019 to date are Bulgaria's Fraport Twin Star gateways of Bourgas (-11.5%) and Varna (-11.9%); the Greek regioal airports of Corfu (-2.8%), Crete (-1.8%), Kavala (-21.5%) and Rhodes (-0.8%).
While the six million passengers handled at Porto Alegre in Brazil represented a margional year-on-year dip of 0.2%.
Fraport notes that passenger traffic at most of its airports 'decelerated' in September, a slowdown its attributes to "the weaker global economy, as well as the bankruptcy of several airlines and tour operators, with other providers unable to fully absorb the additional capacity immediately."