Tough recovery at Frankfurt Airport

The passenger numbers at Frankfurt Airport are still in the Corona low. Freight handling is developing better. But there is a special reason for this.

Thinned out: The number of passengers is still in the Corona low

Dhe passenger numbers at Frankfurt Airport are still only recovering sluggishly in a weekly comparison. Last week, Germany’s largest airport counted 353,438 passengers, 77.5 percent fewer than in the same week a year ago. Compared to the previous week, the number of passengers rose by around 10,000.

Freight throughput is developing better, albeit from an equally low level. Freight and mail together were at 34,490, 11 percent below the previous year’s figure in the previous week, which was 15.8 percent less than in the previous year. The fact that the cargo aircraft are still very well utilized is due to the fact that practically the entire cargo capacity of the passenger aircraft has been eliminated and a large part of the passenger fleets is still parked due to a lack of demand. In order to offer more cargo capacity, some aircraft have already been provisionally converted for cargo transport.

Nevertheless, the total number of flight movements in Frankfurt was 4023, more than 61.3 percent below that of the same period in the previous year. The airport operator Fraport and the main customer Lufthansa do not expect the traffic figures to return to the order of magnitude before the start of the corona pandemic for three to four years. However, we also expect that they will then initially operate on a 15 to 20 percent smaller aviation market.