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Fraport Traffic Figures - December and Full Year 2009: Traffic at Frankfurt Airport Continues to Climb in December; - First Increase in Passenger Figures in One and a Half Years - Airfreight Up 29 Percent - Traffic Turnaround Definitely in Progress.

FRANKFURT, January 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Traffic figures at Frankfurt Airport Frankfurt Airport (IATA: FRA, ICAO: EDDF), known in German as Rhein-Main-Flughafen or Flughafen Frankfurt am Main, is located near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (FRA Fra: see Angelico, Fra; Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra; Fra Filippo Lippi under Lippi. ) continued the pattern of recovery seen in previous months. Meanwhile, nearly all traffic categories are registering growth again. Well over 3.8 million passengers recorded at FRA, represent a 2.3 percent rise on December 2008. Fraport executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said with satisfaction: "Despite adverse weather conditions, this has been the first increase in passenger figures at our Frankfurt home base since May 2008. Thus, we have finally emerged from the trough of recession in the air transportation business."

Rising by 6.3 percent, intercontinental traffic again was the major growth driver in the passenger business - a growth dynamics not seen in many years.

The airfreight air·freight  
n.
1. A system of transporting freight by air.

2. The amount charged for transporting freight by air.



air
 segment also continued its upward trend. Almost all traffic regions experienced double-digit growth in airfreight tonnage TONNAGE, mar. law. The capacity of a ship or vessel.
     2. The act of congress of March 2, 1799, s. 64, 1 Story's L. U. S. 630, directs that to ascertain the tonnage of any ship or vessel, the surveyor, &c.
 in December 2009. "Nearly 174,000 metric tons of airfreight represent a significant 29.1 percent gain over December 2008 and a fourfold fourfold
Adjective

1. having four times as many or as much

2. composed of four parts

Adverb

by four times as many or as much

Adj. 1.
 increase over the 7 percent rise in November 2009," said Schulte. Handling 8,429 metric tons on December 13, 2009, FRA recorded its second-busiest day ever for freight throughput. FRA only handled more freight in a single day on September 17, 2006 (8,477 metric tons).

December 2009 figures also contributed to stabilizing traffic development on an annual basis. More than 50 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport from January to December 2009. "With minus 4.7 percent on a moving annual total, passenger traffic performed better than originally expected," explained Schulte. Forecasts in October 2009 had still been for a loss of between five and six percent.

Nonetheless, traffic figures for the full year 2009 declined overall. Airfreight tonnage dropped by 10.1 percent to 1.8 million metric tons. Airmail airmail, transport of mail by airplanes. Demonstration flights that showed the feasibility of carrying mail by air were made in Great Britain and in the United States in 1911.  tonnage declined by a calculated 11.3 percent to well over 80,000 metric tons. Aircraft movements slipped by 4.7 percent to about 436,000 takeoffs and landings. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) shrank shrank  
v.
A past tense of shrink.


shrank
Verb

a past tense of shrink

shrank shrink
 by 4.2 percent to 27.2 million metric tons. "Because of the reconfirmation of a clearly upward trend in passenger and airfreight traffic in December 2009, however, we are starting the year 2010 optimistically op·ti·mist  
n.
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.

2. A believer in philosophical optimism.



op
," explained Fraport's CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. .

In addition to increases in passenger and freight traffic, FRA also registered 0.7 percent growth in airmail to over 9,400 metric tons as well as in accumulated MTOWs by 1.4 percent to about 2.2 million metric tons. Only aircraft movements declined because of adverse weather conditions, falling by 0.9 percent to nearly 36,000 takeoffs and landings.

The Fraport Group's five majority-owned airports (Frankfurt, Antalya, Lima, Burgas and Varna) welcomed a total of 5.1 million passengers in December 2009, up 4.3 percent year-on-year. Cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) at these airports rose by 24.4 percent to almost 205,000 metric tons.

Aircraft movements climbed by three percent to well over 50,000 takeoffs and landings.

In the face of the overall economic situation, the Fraport Group closed the 2009 year with a slight 2.6 percent drop in traffic to about 73.7 million passengers. Cargo also declined by 9.7 percent to 2.1 million metric tons.

Frankfurt Airport's Traffic Figures - December & Full Year 2009
                          Dec.      Change (2)      Jan. - Dec.
Change(2)
                                                   2009
                         2009      Dec. 09/Dec. 08                Jan. -
Dec.
                                                                     09/08
    Passengers (1)       3,845,118    2.3 %         50,937,897
-4.7 %
    Airfreight (1)
    in metric tons         173,855   29.1 %          1,837,054
-10.1 %
    Airmail
    in metric tons           9,429    0.7 %             80,174
-11.3 %
    Aircraft Movements (3)  35,933   -0.9 %            463,111
-4.7 %
    MTOWs (3)
    in metric tons       2,172,772    1.4 %         27,186,902
-4.2 %
    Punctuality
    share of punctual
    arrivals and
    departures in
    percent                   66.5                        79.9
    1 Total traffic (arrivals + departures + transit)
    2 Change over previous year
    3 Excluding military flights
                                         Cargo               Aircraft
                                                             Movements
    Airports        Passengers[1] Change in metric    Change
Change
                                         tons (incl.         absolute
                    absolute      in %   airmail)     in %
in %
    Frankfurt (FRA) 50,932,840    -4.7  1,887,718    -10.6   463,111
-4.7
    Antalya(2)(AYT) 11,012,854     5.2       n.a.     n.a.    78,572
3.6
    Burgas (BOJ)     1,704,634   -12.0      2,710     85.0    15,634
-7.8
    Lima (LIM)(3)    8,786,973     6.1    232,374     -2.8   104,966
6.3
    Varna (VAR)      1,220,181   -15.6         87    -17.5    12,699
-15.2
    Fraport Group   73,657,482    -2.6   2,122,889    -9.7   674,982
-2.5
    1 Passengers (commercial traffic: arrivals + departures + transit).
    2 Effective September 23, 2009, includes all passenger terminals at
AYT
      (adjusted for base value 2008).
    3 Figures provided by LIM.
    Fraport Group - Traffic Figures for 2009
    For Further information, Please Contact:
    Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide
    Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. - Sr. 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.com 
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