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Fraport Traffic Figures - May 2004: Frankfurt Airport Records Double-digit Traffic Growth in May
Passenger and Cargo Boom Continues - Fraport Group's Airports Achieve Noticeable Increases

Frankfurt/Main, Germany (ots)

As in the previous months,
Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) passenger figures rose noticeable again in
May 2004. Fraport AG, the airport's owner and manager, recorded more
than 4.4 million passengers at continental Europe's largest airport
in the reporting month, some 11.9 percent more than in May 2003. 
Those regions most affected a year ago by the impact of the Iraq war
and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) experienced above
average growth.
Thus, FRA's traffic to destinations in North Africa, North
America, the Middle East, and Asia rose by as much as  62.3 percent
in May 2004.  European traffic also grew  again, due ultimately to
the European Union's (EU) recent eastward expansion.  This has
benefited FRA with its 491 scheduled passenger connections per week
to some 39 destinations in the new EU countries. Offering more than
62,000 seats per week, Frankfurt Airport accounts for more than 44
percent of Germany's total capacity to Eastern Europe.
During the first five months of 2004, more than 19.8 million
passengers used FRA, an 8.9 percent increase compared to the
corresponding period last year.
Frankfurt Airport also registered double-digit growth in
airfreight. In  May 2004, FRA's airfreight throughput rose to 147,315
metric tons, 18.2 percent more than in the same period last year.
Intercontinental traffic also experienced above average growth in
this traffic segment. Thus, the amount of airfreight to the Far East
and North America grew particularly strongly.  Routes to and from
Latin America and Africa also recorded a noticeable increase.  From
January to May 2004,  Frankfurt Airport's airfreight volume climbed
10.9 percent to 691,613 metric tons.  Frankfurt Airport's airmail
volume declined to 8,661 metric tons in the reporting month - due
mainly to continuing service reductions in the domestic overnight
airmail network based at FRA - down by 10.8 percent compared to May
With 40,873 takeoffs and landings in May 2004, Frankfurt Airport
experienced  a sizeable 7.1 percent increase in aircraft movements
compared to the corresponding month last year. In tandem with this
development, FRA's maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) rose by 11.2
percent to more than 2.3 million metric tons.
Combined, the Fraport Group's six airports served 6.8  million
passengers in May 2004, some 19.9 percent more than in May 2003. With
237,555  passengers, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) registered a 17
percent increase in passenger traffic. With about 1.3 million
passengers, Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey even recorded 81.3
percent growth compared to the same period last year.  In Germany,
Hanover Airport (HAJ) grew by 3.3 percent to 436,819 passengers and
Saarbrücken Airport (SCN) by 2.9 percent to 43,709 passengers.  Lima
Airport (LIM) in Peru achieved a 10.1 percent jump in traffic,
growing to 402,674 passengers in May 2004.
Total cargo throughput for the Fraport Group expanded to 179,813
metric tons in May 2004, increasing by 15.8 percent compared to the
corresponding month last year.   The Fraport Group's airports had a
total of 65,946 takeoffs and landings in May 2004, 9.6  percent more
than the same month last year.
Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures - May 2004
May 2004     Change(2)    Jan.-May    Change(2)  
                               May 03        2004      Jan.-May
                               May 04/                  04/03
Passengers(1)   4,404,979     11.9 %      19,840,825    8.9 %
Airfreight(1)     147,315     18.2 %         691,613   10.9 %
in metric tons
Airmail             8,661    -10.8 %          49,114   -7.9 %
in metric tons
Aircraft           40,873      7.1 %         191,659    2.2 %
MTOWs(3)        2,310,306     11.2 %      10,752,063    4.5 %
in metric tons
Punctuality          82.9                       77.8
share of 
punctual arrivals 
and departures 
in percent
(1) Total traffic (arrivals + departures + transit, incl. general 
   (2) Change over previous year
   (3) Excluding military flights
Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for May 2004
Airports    Passen-    Change  Air-       Change  Air-      Change
            gers(1)    in %    freight    in %    craft     in %
            absolute           in metric          Move-
                               tons               ments
                               (incl.             absolute
Frankfurt  4,404,200   11.9    153,489    15.6    40,873     7.1
Antalya(2) 1,283,869   81.3      n.a.     n.a.     7,536    65.7
Frankfurt-   237,555   17.0     15,236    20.7     2,858    11.0
Hanover      436,819    3.3      1,253     1.0     7,469    -3.4
Lima (LIM)   402,674   10.1      9,828    17.0     5,969     4.2
Saarbrücken   43,709    2.9          7   -96.2     1,241   -10.5
Fraport    6,808,826   19.9    179,813    15.8    65,946     9.6
(1) Passengers (commercial traffic: arrivals + departures +   
   (2) International passengers and movements only
   (3) Hahn cargo (incl. cargo transported by truck)
ots Original Text Service: Fraport AG


For More Information, Please Contact:
Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide
Robert A. Payne - Manager International Press & PR
Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications
60547 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; Fax: +49.69.690.60548;
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