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August was busiest month ever for Frankfurt Airport

German airport operator Fraport AG said it served nearly 5.8m passengers during August at its home base Frankfurt Airport for a 3.6% rise year-on-year and a new record month in the history of FRA.

Besides market growth, this significant increase resulted from special effects such as strike-related flight cancellations at the end of August 2012, the firm said.

Also, the number of aircraft movements dropped by 0.6% to 42,441, as airlines adjusted the timetable for passenger and cargo flights. Cargo traffic rose by 1.5% to 173,905 metric tons, while accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) grew slightly to nearly 2.6m metric tons (up 0.1%).

Thus, FRA achieved a new August record for MTOWs as well as punctuality (86%).

August 2013 was also a remarkable month for Fraport´s international airport portfolio. More than 12.4m passengers passed through Fraport´s majority-owned airports, an increase of 5.6% year-on-year.

Peru´s Lima Airport, with a 12.3% rise, remains the main growth driver. The Turkish holiday destination Antalya served more than 4.1m passengers, a 6.6% increase.

Together, the airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast recorded 4.8% growth to more than 1m passengers. On August 27, 2013, VAR´s new passenger terminal went into service, offering more space and an enhanced travel experience at this holiday gateway to Bulgaria.

A new terminal is also scheduled to be inaugurated at BOJ in the last quarter of 2013.

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