In October 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) recorded positive cargo performance, exceeding year-on-year levels for the first time since 15 months.
FRA’s cargo throughput (comprising airfreight and airmail) grew by 1.6% to 182,061 metric tonnes – with cargo-only flights more than compensating for the ongoing capacity constraints for ‘belly freight’ (transported on passenger aircraft). This high cargo demand can be attributed mainly to the upturn in global trade and the solid performance of the Eurozone’s industrial sector.
However, aircraft movements at FRA decreased by 62.8% year-on-year to 17,105 takeoffs and landings in the reporting month. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) contracted by 59.5% to about 1.1 million metric tonnes.