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Fraport Traffic Figures - January 2006: Passenger Traffic Remains Constant - Cargo Continues to Boom

Frankfurt/Main, Germany (ots)

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) / FSE:FRA served about 3.7 million
passengers in the reporting month.  In the typically lean travel
month of January, this represents only about 20,000 or 0.5 percent
fewer passengers than in the same month last year - when yet another
record level was reached.  A large number of weather-related flight
cancellations caused this moderate decline, the first in passenger
figures since September 2003.  Furthermore, labor strikes in other
European countries precipitated flight cancellations, which also
slowed down passenger growth at FRA.
Domestic traffic was particularly affected, dropping by 4.8
percent. European traffic also slipped slightly by 0.5 percent.
Tourist traffic, in particular, fell short of expectations. 
Intercontinental traffic grew slightly by 0.4 percent.  Climbing by
5.7 percent, Asia was the only traffic region outside of Europe to
show notable growth in January.
In contrast, FRA's airfreight activity continued the pattern of
unabated growth recorded in recent months. Some 145,395 metric tons
of cargo handled in the first month of 2006 represented an increase
of 7.1 percent and exceeded the previous January record by 9,688
metric tons. Growth was almost exclusively due to a double-digit 
increase in cargo tonnage carried on Middle East and Far East routes.
 At the beginning of the year, Asian markets claimed a dominant share
of nearly 55 percent of FRA's total cargo tonnage.  As expected,
airmail tonnage again dropped by 12.6 percent to 8,071 metric tons
due to the phased closing of FRA's overnight domestic airmail hub in
2005.
Aircraft movements at FRA also declined slightly in the reporting
month due to weather-related and other flight cancellations. The
number of take-offs and landings slipped by only 0.9 percent to
37,752 movements compared to the same month last year.  Figures for
maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) began to reflect the successive
relocation of U.S. military flights from FRA to other U.S. air bases
in Germany. In January 2006, MTOWs dropped by 1.6 percent to
2,151,294 metric tons.
Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) and Hanover (HAJ) airports, two of the
Fraport Group' s airports in Germany, recorded solid traffic
increases in January 2006.  Frankfurt-Hahn welcomed 211,350
passengers in January, an increase of 10.7 percent.  Hanover served
315,772 passengers during the first four weeks of the year, an
increase of 4.1 percent. In contrast, January passenger figures at
Saarbrücken Airport (SCN) dropped by five percent to 18,184.
Traffic at Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru rose by 5.2 percent to
471,175 passengers, while traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey
continued to be depressed due to the opening of a competing passenger
terminal. Thus, AYT registered only 44,277 passengers, an 86 percent
drop  compared to the same period in 2005.  Plans call for a
redistribution of passenger streams at Antalya Airport by the 2006
summer season, which will ensure better utilization of Fraport's AYT
terminal again.
Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for January 2006
Airports         Passengers(1)     Change         Airfreight 
                    absolute           in %          in metric tons
                                  (incl. Airmail)
Frankfurt (FRA)  3,704,706          -0.5          151,385
   Antalya2 (AYT)      44,277         -86.1          n.a.
   Frankfurt-
   Hahn(3) (HHN)     211,350           10.7          18,494
   Hanover (HAJ)     315,772            4.1           1,264
   Lima (LIM)        471,175            5.2          13,322
   Saarbrücken (SCN)  18,184           -5.0               1
   Fraport Group   4,765,464           -4.8         184,465
Airports         Change       Aircraft            Change
                     in %         Movements            in %
                                  absolute
Frankfurt (FRA)      6.0          37,752             -0.9
   Antalya(2)           n.a.            417            -81.1
   Frankfurt-
   Hahn(3) (HHN)        26.9           2,772            25.4
   Hanover (HAJ)       -14.1           4,762             3.5
   Lima (LIM)           -0.6           6,128            13.0
   Saarbrücken (SCN)   -95.6           1,058            17.9
   Fraport Group         7.1          52,889            -1.0
(1) Passengers (commercial traffic: arrivals + departures +  
       transit)
   (2) International passengers and movements only
   (3) Frankfurt-Hahn: includes cargo transported by truck
Frankfurt Airport - Traffic Figures for January 2006
January       Change (2)
                     2006          Jan. 06/Jan. 05
Passengers(1)    3,706,612      -0.5 %
Airfreight(1)
   in metric tons     145,395       7.1 %
Airmail
   in metric 
   tons                 8,071     -12.6 %
Aircraft 
   Movements(3)        37,752      -0.9 %
MTOWs
   in metric 
   tons             2,151,294      -1.6 %
Punctuality
   share of 
   punctual 
   arrivals 
   and departures 
   in percent           73.1
(1) Total traffic (including General Aviation)
   (2) Change over previous year
   (3) Excluding military flights
- ENDS -
For More Information, Please Contact:
Fraport AG, Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. - Manager International Press,
Press Office (Dept. UKM-PS), Corporate Communications (UKM),
60547 Frankfurt am Main, 
Federal Republic of Germany;
Tel.:      +49 69.690.78547; 
Fax:       +49.69.690.60548; 
E-mail:    r.payne@fraport.de; 
Internet:  http://www.fraport.de

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