Frankfurt Airport Reports ‘Historic Low’ in Passenger Traffic for 2020

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 January 2021
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A Lufthansa A380 in Frankfurt

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for the calendar year 2020.

Passenger traffic at Frankfurt fell to a “historic low” amidst the travel-induced downturn in the coronavirus pandemic, the company said, but Fraport expects an improvement before the end of the year.

“We expect Frankfurt’s passenger traffic to rebound noticeably in the second half of 2021,” said Stefan Schulte, Fraport’s CEO.

Passenger traffic was 18.8 million passengers for the year, a 73.4% drop compared to 2019. The decline began in the middle of March and passenger traffic came to a complete standstill as travel restrictions across the globe went into effect.

Traffic in that period was down as much as 98% year-over-year.

Meanwhile, cargo traffic was largely at the same level as it had been in 2019.

Located in Frankfurt am Main in the province of Hesse, Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport in Germany and the fourth busiest in Europe. The airport is a major hub for Lufthansa and was, until 2005, home to the Rhein-Main Air Base, a major base for U.S. forces  in the region.

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