GERMANY. Frankfurt Airport handled 7.2 million passengers in September, a healthy +5.4% rise compared to the same month last year. It was the first September ever in which the German hub recorded more than six million travellers.

Traffic on European routes (excluding Germany) was the key driver, climbing by +7.4% in the month, while long-haul intercontinental traffic rose by +4.2%. Within this, Asia performed well, showing +5.1% growth.

With a total of 225,801 passengers on 29 September, the airport also posted a new daily passenger record.

During the period from January to September, Frankfurt Airport served nearly 49 million passengers – representing an increase of +4.6% year-on-year.

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Airports in Fraport’s international portfolio performed positively in the first three quarters of 2017. Ljubljana Airport recorded traffic growth of +20.4% to some 1.3 million passengers. Lima Airport welcomed almost 15.3 million passengers, an increase of +9% year-on-year. At Fraport’s Twin Star airports in Varna and Burgas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, combined traffic increased by +6.4% to about 4.7 million passengers. Antalya Airport grew nine-month traffic by +43.7% to 21.7 million as Russian visitor numbers rebounded.

Fraport’s 14 Greek regional airports saw overall traffic advance by +10.5% in the first nine months of 2017, reaching almost 23.9 million passengers. During the month of September 2017, the busiest of the 14 Greek airports included Mykonos, with passenger growth of +20%; Kos with an increase of +19.8% and Mytilene on the island of Lesvos, up +18.6%.

Hanover Airport in Germany registered +8.4% growth in the nine-month period to about 4.5 million passengers while St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport had growth of +23.9% to 12.6 million passengers. At Xi’an Airport, traffic advanced by +13.1% to over 31.2 million passengers in the first three quarters of 2017.