The airport management company, Fraport, has released its Group’s passenger figures for March 2020. Fraport manages its Frankfurt Main home and 23 other airports spread across eight countries.
As expected, its statistics reflect the enormous impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its associated travel restrictions.
Frankfurt Main (FRA) handled approximately 2.1 million passengers in March, which represents a 62.0% decline compared to March 2019. For the first three months of 2020, FRA’s accumulated passenger traffic fell by 24.9%. Fraport said that repatriation flights organised by tour operators and the German government only had a minimal influence on the figures.
In terms of aircraft movements, those at FRA decreased by 45.7% year-on-year to 22,838 take-offs and landings. Accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) also contracted by 39.2% to about 1.6 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (comprising airfreight and airmail) slipped by 17.4% to 167,279 metric tons.
The week of April 6-12: Traffic at FRA plummets by 96.8%
Figures released on April 15 show the decline in passenger traffic is continuing in the current month of April. During Week 15 (April 6-12), only 46,338 passengers were recorded, at Frankfurt Airport, which represents a drop of 96.8% over the same week last year. Aircraft movements were down by 86.3% to 1,435 take-offs and landings. Cargo volumes (airfreight + airmail) fell by 28.1% to 32,027 metric tons. Although the number of cargo-only flights grew by about 29% year-on-year – reflecting the higher demand for additional capacities to maintain vital supply chains – Fraport said this increase could not fully compensate for the loss in belly freight shipped on passenger aircraft. At the beginning of April, Week 14, (March 30 – April 5), passenger traffic was already declining by 95.2% year-on-year.
International Group airports also suffer
In March 2020, for the first time, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Fraport’s entire international portfolio – with passenger traffic dropping noticeably at all Group airports. Fraport said each country implemented specific measures to counter the virus. Some countries, including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Indian and Russia, introduced travel restrictions, while other countries temporarily suspended flight operations.
Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) registered a 72.8% decline in traffic to 36,409 passengers. Combined traffic for Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) fell by 37.5% to 773,745 passengers. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru experienced a 47.8% dip in traffic to 962,507 passengers.
Combined passenger figures for the 14 Greek regional airports shrank by 58.8% to 293,525 passengers. Bulgaria’s Twin Star airports in Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) received 39,916 passengers, down 46.1% year-on-year.
At Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey, traffic figures declined by 46.9% to 570,013 passengers. At St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia, traffic slipped by 27.5% to 964,874 passengers. With about 1.3 million passengers in March 2020, Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China recorded 66.1% fewer passengers compared to the same month last year.