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April 2021: Passenger traffic still low at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) passenger figures continued to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the April 2021 reporting month, when Germany’s largest aviation gateway served a total of 983,839 passengers. This represents a 423.1 percent increase year-on-year. However, this figure is based on a low benchmark value recorded in April 2020, when traffic largely came to a standstill amid the rapidly spreading pandemic. Compared to the pre-pandemic traffic figures in April 2019, FRA registered an 83.7 percent decrease in passenger traffic for the reporting month.1 During the January-to-April 2021 period, FRA served more than 3.4 million passengers. Compared to the same cumulative period in the previous two years, this represents a decline of 69.3 percent versus 2020 and 83.3 percent versus 2019.

All of Fraport’s Group airports worldwide recorded high growth rates in April 2021 – for the first time again since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. At some airports, passenger numbers increased by several hundred percent, albeit on the basis of strongly reduced air traffic in April 2020. However, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued to experience noticeable traffic declines when compared to pre-pandemic April 2019.

Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia served 8,751 passengers in April 2021. Combined traffic at the Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) rose to 291,990 passengers, while Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) recorded 544,152 passengers in the reporting month.

At the 14 Greek regional airports, traffic increased to 162,462 passengers in April 2021. The Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) und Varna (VAR) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast registered 26,993 passengers overall. Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera saw traffic rise to 598,187 passengers. In Russia, St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport welcomed some 1.2 million passengers, while more than 3.7 million passengers traveled through Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China during April 2021.

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