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November 2003 - FRA Traffic Report: Frankfurt Airport Records Noticeable Increase in Passenger Figures Again
Passenger and Cargo Volumes Continue Climbing to Record Levels

Frankfurt/Main, Germany (ots)

In November 2003, Frankfurt
Airport (FRA) served about 3.8 million passengers or five percent
more than in the corresponding month last year.  Thus, FRA's
noticeable recovery in demand is continuing unabated and is moving
towards the record level of 2000.  With 4.6 million passengers and a
2.4 percent growth rate in October 2003, Fraport AG (the Frankfurt
Airport company) registered the best October in the airport's
history.  High growth rates were recorded particularly on
intercontinental routes to North America, the Far East and Africa. 
Holiday traffic also showed strong growth in November 2003:  for
example, to the Caribbean, Egypt, Greece, Portugal and Turkey.
For the January-to-November 2003 period, FRA's passenger volume of
about 44.9 million slipped only 0.4 percent below the previous year's
figure. "Nobody expected such positive traffic development following
the effects of the Iraq war and SARS," said Dr. Wilhelm Bender,
executive board chairman of Fraport AG.  Bender is expecting
passenger traffic for the entire year to decline by no more than 0.5
percent. "This success is also a result of the high level of
professionalism and commitment from all of our employees," said
Frankfurt Airport also experienced a healthy jump in airfreight
activity in November 2003.  The amount of airfreight tonnage handled
at FRA in the reporting month grew by 3.2 percent to 147,110 metric
tons.  Expansion of cargo services to Asia, Central and South Africa,
as well as Central America fueled the strong growth.  For
January-to-November 2003, FRA handled more than 1.4 million metric
tons of airfreight, a two percent increase over the same period in
2002.  Airmail volumes at FRA declined again in November 2003,
dropping by 12.3 percent to 11,275 metric tons.  Above all, this was
caused by a further reduction in services in the domestic overnight
airmail network based at Frankfurt Airport.
Aircraft movements fell slightly below last year's level. 
Frankfurt Airport recorded 37,538 take-offs and landings in November
2003, down 0.4 percent from the same month last year.  Maximum
take-off weights (MTOWs) climbed 1.3 percent to about 2.1 million
metric tons.
Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures for November 2003
November   Change(2)   Jan. - Nov.    Change(2)
                      2003      Nov. 03/      2003       Jan. - Nov.
                                Nov. 02                    03/02
Passengers         3,760,779     5.0%      44,844,365      -0.4%
Airfreight           147,110     3.2%       1,416,040       2.0%
in metric tons
Airmail               11,275   -12.3%         113,879     -10.5%
in metric tons
Aircraft Movements(1) 37,538    -0.4%         423,355       0.2%
MTOWs(1)           2,068,911     1.3%      23,393,504       2.0%
in metric tons
Punctuality             78.6                     78.1
share of punctual 
arrivals and 
in percent
(1) Excluding military flights
(2) Change over previous year
ots Original Text Service: Fraport AG
For More Information, Please Contact:
Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide
Robert A. Payne - Manager International Press
60547 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; 
Fax:  +49.69.690.60548; 
Internet: (click on "Press Lounge")

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