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Frankfurt/Main (ots) - FRA's Global Route Network Features 104 Passenger Airlines Serving 297 Destinations in 104 Countries - New Routes and Higher Frequencies to Popular Destinations - Number of Seats Increases Particularly on Intercontinental Services
Featuring 104 passenger airlines offering direct flights to 297 destinations in 104 countries per week, Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) new Summer Timetable 2015 will begin on Sunday, March 29, in tandem with the changeover to daylight saving time in Germany. On intercontinental routes, FRA boasts direct connections to 141 destinations, thus underscoring its importance as a leading international hub in global aviation. The total number of seats available at the FRA will increase by 2.4 percent to 820,000 seats per week - by even 3.0 percent to 290,000 seats per week in the important intercontinental segment.
In particular, destinations in the U.S are becoming increasingly popular. FRA-based leisure carrier Condor will add two new U.S. destinations to its network in the 2015 summer schedule. From June 18, Condor will be offering a twice-weekly service to Providence (PVD), the capital of Rhode Island in the New England states of the U.S. Starting June 19, Condor will also fly twice a week to the U.S. West Coast city of Portland (PDX), Oregon. Lufthansa will also expand its U.S. route network by launching a five-times weekly service to Tampa (TPA), Florida, on September 25.
FRA's European route network will be boosted by a total of five new destinations in the new summer schedule. Lufthansa will be flying twice daily to Aalborg (AAL) in the north of Denmark and four-times weekly to Bydgoszcz (BZG), Poland, as well as three times weekly to Seville (SVQ), in southern Spain's Andalusia region. The U.K. carrier BMI Regional will continue its services from Frankfurt to Karlstad (KSD) - adding a stopover in Jonköping (JKG), both cities in Sweden. For the first time since 2006, Lufthansa will fly to Cagliari (CAG) on the Italian island of Sardinia, beginning May 2.
Three existing routes will see expanded services offered by more airlines. Miami (MIA) in Florida will also be served by American Airlines on a daily basis (from May 15), complementing the Lufthansa daily flight. Two other existing routes will be bolstered by new Lufthansa services. On May 2, Lufthansa will launch its thrice weekly service to Reykjavik (KEF), the capital city of Iceland, while the popular Turkish resort of Bodrum (BJV) will also be served by a once-weekly Lufthansa flight, starting from May 16.
Condor will continue its twice-weekly service from Frankfurt to Windhoek (WDH), Namibia in southern Africa, launched in November 2014. Also Air Namibia's FRA-WDH route will continue to be served six/seven times per week.
The FRA Summer Timetable 2015 will also see higher frequencies on a number of popular routes. Lufthansa will raise the number of flights from five to seven per week to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta (CGK), via Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in Malaysia. BMI Regional will increase services to Bristol (BRS) in the U.K. from 11 to 17 times per week. Milan-Linate (LIN) in Italy will be served by Lufthansa six times daily, up from five. Services to Istanbul will markedly increase compared to the previous summer timetable - from 66 to 88 flights per week - with Turkish Airlines offering up to seven daily flights, Lufthansa three flights per day and Pegasus Airlines up to two daily flights to the Turkish metropolis.
The trend towards airlines deploying new aircraft types - larger, more efficient, and noticeably quieter (eg., Airbus A380, Boeing B747-8, or Airbus A350) - will continue throughout the summer schedule. An average of 179 passenger seats per flight will be available via FR, two more compared to the 2014 summer schedule. Despite the 2.4 percent increase in total seats being offered, the number of flight departures scheduled per week via FRA will rise only moderately by 1.2 percent - reflecting the deployment of larger aircraft.
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Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. In 2014, the Fraport Group generated sales of EUR2.4 billion and profit of about EUR252 million. Last year more than 108.5 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake.
At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled some 2.2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2014. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 98 passenger airlines flying to some 250 destinations in 105 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA's destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) - underscoring Frankfurt's role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the third-busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.
Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany's largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 78,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Major new real estate developments - such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park - are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.
Almost half of Germany's population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub - the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region's dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA's world route network enables Hesse's and Germany's export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.
Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport - which is strategically located in the heart of Europe - is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.
Robert A. Payne
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Press Office, Corp.Communications
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