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13.08.2003 – 07:00

Fraport AG

July 2003 - FRA Traffic Figures: Traffic Slightly Down

    Frankfurt/Main, Germany (ots)

July 2003 traffic figures at
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) - Germany's busiest airport - fell only
slightly short of the corresponding month last year. Nearly 4.5
million passengers used FRA last month, a drop of 1.9 percent from
July 2002. Airfreight tonnage decreased at an even smaller rate:
About 126,000 metric tons of cargo handled at Frankfurt Airport in
July 2003 represented a 1.1-percent decline compared to July 2002.
With around 40,000 takeoffs and landings, the number of aircraft
movements decreased by 2.2 percent. Reaching only 10,000 metric tons,
airmail tonnage was down by 11.3 percent due to service reductions in
Deutsche Post AG's overnight domestic airmail network.
    
    Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport continues
to be optimistic about the second half of the year, when traffic is
traditionally stronger. For the total year 2003 passenger traffic is
expected to show a drop of maximally between one and two percent, if
at all.
    
    In general, the weak global economy and the effects of the SARS
infectious disease continued to have an impact on the important Asian
aviation market. At the end of July the SARS effect was hardly
noticeable anymore.
    
    In the passenger sector it is obvious that the sluggish economy
continues to curb business travel activity. Demand for domestic
flights decreased whereas traffic on intercontinental routes showed
strong growth - particularly to North America, the Middle East and
the Caribbean. Cargo development clearly shows that the strong euro
and the sluggish economy are particularly affecting export volumes.
        
    Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures for July 2003
    
                         July 2003    Change(2)  Jan. - July    Change(2)
                                            July 03/    2003                Jan. - July
                                            July 02                            03/02
    
    Passengers      4,499,816  -1.9 %        26,966,741      -2.0%
    
    Airfreight
    in metric
    tons                  126,035  -1.1 %            873,381        2.6 %
    
    Airmail
    in metric
    tons                    10,007 -11.3 %              72,563      -9.5%
    
    Aircraft
    Movements (1)      40,073  -2.2 %            265,738        0.8 %
    
    MTOWs 1
    in metric
    tons                2,230,771  -0.4 %        14,601,026        2.8 %
    
    Punctuality
    share of punctual
    arrivals
    and departures
    in percent            81.9                              78.6
    
    
    
    (1) Excluding military flights
    (2) Change over previous year
    

ots Original Text Service: Fraport AG Internet: http://www.presseportal.de

For More Information, Please Contact: Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide Attn:  Robert A. Payne - Manager International Press 60547 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Tel.: +49 69.690.78547 / Fax: +49.69.690.60548 E-mail:  r.payne@fraport.de Internet: www.fraport.com

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