Frankfurt Airport reports September cargo drop

September was a difficult month for cargo at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), according to traffic figures released by the Fraport Group. FRA, which handled 176,222 tonnes of freight in the month in question, saw cargo volumes drop 5.3 percent, year-over-year.

These numbers are markedly lower than the airport’s statistics for the first three quarters of 2011, in which freight volumes only fell 0.7 percent from 2010 averages, a Fraport spokesman said.

Unfortunately, FRA’s recent cargo declines don’t bode well for the rest of the year, Fraport AG Executive Board Chairman Stefan Schulte maintained. “Taking into account the sagging September figures, we expect Frankfurt Airport’s airfreight tonnage for the entire year 2011 to drop slightly,” he said in a statement.

Despite sagging cargo volumes, FRA’s aircraft movements rose steadily in the month in question. Surging 2.1 percent year-over-year, the German airport reported 42,496 takeoffs and landings in September. These numbers, when combined with FRA’s January-to-August statistics, represent a 4.9-percent, year-over-year increase in aircraft movements for the first nine months of 2011.

FRA’s passenger volumes are also up for the year. The airport welcomed 5.3 million passengers last month, a year-over-year jump of 4 percent. Airport officials are even more optimistic about FRA’s January-to-September passenger traffic, however, with volumes rising 6.7 percent from the first nine months of 2010.

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