Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has recorded a slight surge in cargo volumes for July 2023.
Cargo throughput for the month, which includes both airfreight and airmail, reached 164,503 metric tonnes. This exceeded the level from the same month one year ago by 2.3 per cent.
Although a small percentage increase, it signifies a noteworthy moment for FRA, as it was back in December 2021 when the airport last witnessed a rise in its monthly cargo volumes.
Despite July’s slight improvement, the figures released still show cargo volumes at the airport are trailing behind 2019 figures; the airport saw 178,652 tonnes of cargo pass through back in July 2019.
Max Philipp Conrady, head of cargo at Fraport told Airline Cargo Management: “Cargo traffic recorded a slight increase in July. The recurring downturn in tonnage during the summer holiday season was not in the usual degree this year. We currently have a robust and stable cargo throughput instead. This makes us optimistic that we will also see a positive development in the second half of the year.”
Figures released by the airport also show, for the first time since the pandemic, that FRA welcomed more than six million monthly passengers in July 2023. The figure represents an increase of nearly 20 per cent compared to July 2022, but is still 13.1 per cent below the pre-pandemic level in 2019.