Frankfurt airport hits post-pandemic visitors excessive

Frankfurt airport recorded its highest month-to-month passenger visitors in August because the begin of the pandemic in early 2020.

The German hub, which capped the variety of flights this summer season to “stabilise” operations, catered for five.2 million passengers final month, which was a 54 per cent improve on the identical month in 2021, however was nonetheless 25 per cent decrease than in August 2019.

Fraport, which operates Frankfurt airport, stated it has “maintained its speedy progress momentum from the previous couple of months”, with the overall variety of inbound and outbound flights rising by 24.6 per cent year-on-year to only below 36,000 companies throughout August.

As a comparability, certainly one of Frankfurt’s primary rivals in Europe, London Heathrow, noticed its visitors attain six million travellers in August, which was down by greater than 20 per cent on pre-Covid ranges because the UK airport continues to cap departing passengers at 100,000 per day.

One other main European hub, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, has skilled extra operational difficulties this week, with a scarcity of safety workers resulting in the airport asking a number of airways to cancel flights on Monday (12 September).

“After weeks of enchancment, Schiphol didn’t count on to need to take these measures once more,” stated the airport in a press release.

“Schiphol regrets the state of affairs that has arisen and understands the frustration and frustration that it might entail for airways and travellers.”

Fraport additionally operates 14 regional airports in Greece, which have already collectively surpassed their 2019 passenger numbers, illustrating once more how leisure journey and smaller airports have typically recovered extra shortly than the continent’s main hubs.

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