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Strikes are causing passenger growth at Frankfurt airport to slow

A display in the departure hall of Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport showed several flights cancelled. Lando Hass/dpa

The strikes at passenger checkpoints and at German airline Lufthansa have once again slowed the upward trend in passenger growth at Frankfurt airport.

Fraport, the company that operates Germany’s main aviation hub at Frankfurt Airport, reported around 4.6 million passengers in March, up 7.8% from the previous year, the company announced in Frankfurt on Friday.

However, the figures are 17.6% below the growth level before the coronavirus pandemic in March 2019.

Nearly 300,000 passengers were unable to travel through Frankfurt due to the strikes in March, the report said.

In February, where strikes also lasted several days, the deficit compared to 2019 was only 15%, compared to 12.6% in January and only 6% in December.

For the current year, Fraport CEO Stefan Schulte is aiming for approximately 61 million to 65 million passengers at Germany’s largest aviation hub.

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This means that the pre-crisis level of more than 70 million passengers remains out of reach this year.

Meanwhile, freight activity at Frankfurt Airport increased again in March.

The airport handled approximately 178,900 tons of freight and air freight, an increase of 6.3% compared to the same month in 2023.

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