The number of passengers at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) remained virtually unchanged in the month of February 2006, with some 3,432,246 passengers using Germany's largest airport (-0.1%).
Severe winter conditions and the heavy snowfall throughout Europe negatively affected traffic results, although increases were registered for international passenger traffic in the month, primarily to South Africa, Asia, and the Gulf States.
The Fraport Group's six airports together welcomed 4,445,868 passengers in February 2006, down 5.3% from the same period in 2005. As in the previous months, the reason for this drop was Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey, where passenger figures at Fraport's terminal have declined strongly since the opening of a second competing international passenger terminal in 2005.
Fraport's Terminal 1 in AYT registered only 33,647 passengers in February 2006 and this 90.2% drop in passengers also reflected a general weakness in tourist traffic to Turkey since the first cases of avian flu became public, said Fraport.
Meanwhile, Peru's Lima Airport (LIM) served 435,784 passengers in February 2006, up 5.2% and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN), Fraport's low-cost airport in the Hunsr?ck region of Germany, continued to see traffic climb by 17.5% to 224,609 passengers. Hanover Airport's (HAJ) traffic rose 3.4% to 302,914 passengers and Saarbr?cken Airport's (SCN) traffic dropped by 14.6% to 18,253 passengers.