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Frankfurt Airport Remains Europe's Most Punctual Hub Airport

    Frankfurt, Germany (ots) - Frankfurt Airport (airport code = FRA) has maintained its position as Europe's most efficient hub airport, according to the Association of European Airlines (AEA) punctuality statistics for 2001. As in 2000, FRA continues to be the most punctual major hub airport in Europe, with only about 20 percent of FRA's departing flights delayed last year. According to international regulations, a flight is considered delayed when the actual arrival or departure time deviates by more than 15 minutes from the original scheduled time.

    Fraport AG rejects the AEA's published description of Frankfurt Airport as a "middle field" performer in the punctuality ratings for 2001.  Results of the AEA study show that FRA's European competitors -  major hub airports -  all had higher delay rates in 2001: 23.9 percent at London.Heathrow, 27.3 percent at Amsterdam-Schiphol and 30.3 percent at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. With a 33 percent delay rating, Milan-Malpensa Airport placed at the end of the AEA ranking.

    Airports having a hub function are always dependent on delays, which are "imported" from other airports. Indeed, FRA often compensates for the delays from other airports. As the AEA statistics show, while 22.2 percent of all arriving aircraft at FRA were delayed in 2001, only 20.2 percent of all departing flights were delayed at Germany's busiest airport. In total, about 10 percent of the delays "imported" to FRA could be compensated for by FRA's particularly efficient handling on the ground.

    AEA's published study provides a general comparison of  27 different European airports. For example, Oslo Airport, located in Norway, northern Europe, recorded a delay rate of 13.1 percent: But Oslo Airport does not have a hub function and handles only a small volume of traffic - 194,000 aircraft movements and 13.9 million passengers in 2001 - in comparison to FRA. Frankfurt Airport, located in the center of Germany and Europe, is a major global hub, with 456,500 aircraft movements and 48.6 million passengers in 2001.

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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: Internet: (click on  "Press Lounge")

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