Corona Crisis Throws Frankfurt Airport Back to 1984 Level

The slump in air traffic due to the corona pandemic has set Frankfurt Airport significantly back in the passenger business in 2020.

In December there were around 892,000 passengers at Germany’s largest airport, 81.7 percent fewer than in the previous year. The cargo business is much better.

The slump in air traffic due to the corona pandemic set Frankfurt Airport significantly back in the passenger business in 2020. At just under 18.8 million passengers, the number of passengers was 73.4 percent lower than in the record year 2019, the airport operator Fraport announced on Monday in Frankfurt. This corresponds to the level from 1984. In December, Germany’s largest airport counted around 892,000 passengers, 81.7 percent fewer than in the same period of the previous year.

Things went much better in the cargo business. In December the volume of freight and airmail increased by 8.9 percent to 182,568 tons. For the year as a whole, however, there was still a decline of 8.5 percent to a good 1.9 million tons.

For the new year, Fraport boss Stefan Schulte is expecting a recovery in passenger traffic, especially in the second half of the year. According to his estimate, the total number of passengers will only reach 35 to 45 percent of the record year 2019.

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