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Published on : Saturday, December 12, 2015
German flagship airlines Lufthansa had been suffering from strikes on and off during November of this year. Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) is the largest hub for the German National Carrier and Star Alliance member.
These disturbances resulted in Frankfurt Airport’s passenger volume decreasing significantly in the reporting month by 11.3 percent to 3.9 million compared to the same month last year. The trend was also reflected in the 10.2 percent drop in aircraft movements to 33,337 takeoffs and landings.
The accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) fell by 7.8 percent to some 2.2 million metric tons, while Frankfurt’s cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) slipped by 3.6 percent to 195,505 metric tons.
Naturally, air traffic in November 2015 at Frankfurt International airport was impacted strongly by Lufthansa’s flight attendant strike. The week-long walkout and its effects on the days following the strike resulted in about half a million passengers being unable to start their journeys at FRA – as well as the cancellation of 3,400 scheduled flights.
At Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany, traffic declined by 5 percent to 381,986 passengers. China’s Xi’an Airport (XIY) greeted 2.6 million passengers, representing a 9.5 percent traffic surge.