WDH: Frankfurt Airport also benefits from holiday flights in September | news
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FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) – At Frankfurt Airport, the number of passengers continued to rise sharply in September thanks to sustained high demand for holiday flights. However, the recovery from the Corona low was slowed down somewhat by the Lufthansa pilots (Lufthansa) strike at the beginning of last month. The operator Fraport announced on Friday in Frankfurt that the number of passengers had increased by 58 percent to 4.9 million compared to the same month last year, which was heavily influenced by the pandemic. Without the strike by the pilots of Fraport’s most important customer, there would have been around 80,000 more passengers.
“Despite the end of the summer holidays in all German federal states, holiday destinations remained very popular until the end of the month,” said the company, which is listed in the MDax. “From Frankfurt, destinations in Greece and Turkey in particular were in high demand and were above the level of 2019.” Nevertheless, the total number of passengers was still well below the pre-pandemic level. Overall, the number of passengers handled was 27.2 percent below the figure for September 2019.
In the first nine months, the number of passengers rose by 127 percent to 35.9 million compared to the same period last year. Compared to 2019, this is a decrease of one third. Meanwhile, cargo volume continued to decline in September. Compared to the previous year, the cargo volume fell by 14 percent to almost 162,000 tons. “The reasons for this are the overall economic slowdown and the further restrictions on airspace due to the Ukraine war and comprehensive corona protection measures in China.”/zb/ngu
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