Published on : Thursday, February 27, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak is taking a heavy toll on aviation worldwide. Passenger and cargo traffic with China, and Asia overall, has already slumped massively. This is also having a major impact on Frankfurt Airport’s hub operations – affecting all business areas from flight operations to ground handling, cargo and retail. To counteract this situation, Fraport is responding quickly with a range of measures to lower costs and to adjust staff deployment to this reduced demand.
Currently, all major costs are being reviewed closely. New staff hires at Fraport AG will only be possible in exceptional and justified cases. Employees in both administrative and operational jobs have been offered voluntary unpaid vacation or temporary reduced working hours – where this is compatible with operational requirements. Fraport is monitoring these measures continuously and will make modifications if required.
Dr. Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman, emphasized: “The coronavirus epidemic comes at a time when Germany’s aviation industry, in particular, is already facing significant challenges. In April, an increase in the German aviation tax will unilaterally strain our industry even more. However, aviation has survived a number of crises in the last few decades and emerged stronger every time. We are responding decisively to this difficult situation with our timely countermeasures.”
It is too early to reliably forecast the duration and extent of flight cancellations, as well as the resulting decline in traffic volumes. Therefore, it is not yet possible to estimate the impact on our business. Fraport will issue its guidance for the current fiscal year at the company’s annual financial press conference on March 13, 2020.