After a glimmer of hope at the end of summer, Frankfurt Airport suffered another setback in September. The number of passengers has fallen again more sharply. Operator Fraport cites Corona as the reason.

Difficult times: too few machines take off in Frankfurt.

Dhe passenger numbers at the airport fell again last month, and the hoped-for recovery failed to materialize. In September Frankfurt Airport counted a good 1.1 million passengers, a decrease of 82.9 percent compared to the same month last year. In August there were still 1.5 million passengers, 78.2 percent compared to the previous year.

Taken together, the first nine months of the year saw passenger numbers drop by 70.2 percent. According to the airport operator Fraport AG, the reasons for the low demand are still the still applicable travel restrictions and the uncertainty in travel planning as a result of the corona pandemic.

With 16,940 take-offs and landings, the number of flight movements in Frankfurt fell by 63.7 percent in September. In August, Fraport still counted 17,695 take-offs and landings in Frankfurt, which means a year-on-year decrease of 61.9 percent.

The cargo volume of 165,967 tons in September was 5.0 percent below the previous year. In August it was 160,937 tons, a decrease of 7.0 percent compared to the previous year.

International airports also affected

The group airports at airports abroad continued to be affected by the pandemic in September, albeit to varying degrees. At some locations there were positive effects from a slight increase in holiday travel. In other countries, some extensive travel restrictions continued to apply.

The airport in Lima, Peru, for example, recorded a fall of 92.1 percent to 158,786 passengers due to continued severe travel restrictions for international traffic. At the 14 Greek regional airports, the number of passengers dropped by 61.3 percent to around 1.7 million passengers. At Antalya Airport in Turkey, the number of passengers dropped by 53.4 percent to around 2.3 million passengers.

The airport in St. Petersburg, Russia recorded a drop of 29.1 percent to around 1.4 million passengers. Only at Xi’an Airport in China did the number of passengers recover to around 3.6 million passengers, a drop of just 9.5 percent compared to the previous year. In August the minus was 18.7 percent.