With 5.3 million passengers served in May 2016, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) saw passenger figures decline by 5.5% compared to the strong equivalent month of the previous year.  This slowdown primarily reflects an ongoing restraint in holiday travel, particularly to destinations in Turkey and along the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa.

As Germany’s largest intercontinental hub, Frankfurt Airport has also been particularly affected by the noticeable drop in tourist traffic from the Far East – especially Japan – following the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. In addition, the numerous public holidays in Germany led to a thinning out of the May flight schedule at Frankfurt. 

Airport employees' strike and the closure of Brussels Airport led to Fraport serving 2.5% passengers less that in April last year.

With 41,181 takeoffs and landings, FRA also registered a 3.5% dip in aircraft movements. Cargo (airfreight + airmail) throughput also softened slightly to 177,536 metric tons, down by 1.3% year-on-year.  In line with the trend, accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) fell by 1.5% to 2.6 million metric tons.