Fraport Group heading in the right direction after pandemic

Global airport operator, Fraport, today revealed that it has “successfully started the new 2023 business year, achieving a noticeable improvement in the Group’s key financial figures during the first quarter of 2022.

The positive performance, it says, was driven by ongoing traffic recovery across Fraport’s global network of airports.

As a result, Group revenue increased by 41.9% year-on-year to €765.6 million. The operating result (EBITDA) jumped over 100% year-on-year to €158.3 million.

The Group result or net profit climbed to minus €32.6 million in the reporting period (from minus €118.2 million in the first quarter of 2022), with Q1 typically being the financial quarter with the lowest earnings.

Fraport CEO, Dr Stefan Schulte, said: “We’re heading in the right direction. The recovery in passenger numbers has continued since the start of the new year, further boosting our business performance in the first quarter. For the summer, we expect passenger traffic in Frankfurt to grow between 15% and 25%.

“Frankfurt Airport is fully gearing up for the upcoming busy summer season. Therefore, we are cautiously optimistic that we can maintain operations as stable as during the recent Easter peak. Our leisure-dominated Group airports worldwide also continue to report ongoing recovery.

“Along with Greece, other Fraport Group airports are also projected to reach near pre-crisis levels during 2023. For the full year, we expect the positive business trend to continue in line with the given guidance.”

Robust performance improvement achieved

Driven by passenger growth and the resulting higher earnings, Group revenue increased by 41.9% year-on-year to €765.6 million in the first quarter of 2023. For the first time, the Group’s Q1 revenue includes proceeds from aviation security fees (totalling €45.1 million) levied by Fraport after assuming responsibility for security screening at Frankfurt Airport with the start of 2023.

On the other hand, proceeds from security services provided by the “FraSec Aviation Security GmbH” subsidiary (totalling €33.1 million in Q1/2022) were no longer recognised as Group revenue, after this subsidiary was deconsolidated from the Group’s financial statements effective January 1.

Adjusting for revenues resulting from construction and expansion measures at Fraport’s international subsidiaries (in line with IFRIC 12), Group revenue increased by 37.9% to €654.2 million.

Fraport’s operating result or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) more than doubled in the first quarter, soaring from €70.7 million in Q1/2022 to €158.3 million in the reporting period.

Likewise, the Group result (net profit) markedly improved year-on-year, rising from minus €118.2 million in Q1/2022 to minus €32.6 million in Q1/2023.

Passenger recovery continues in the first quarter

In the first three months of the current 2023 business year, passenger numbers at Fraport’s home-base airport in Frankfurt grew by 56% year-on-year.

When adjusting for the special effects from two day-long strikes in February and March, FRA achieved underlying passenger growth of some 60%.

Demand in Frankfurt was particularly high for intercontinental air travel and for flights to warm-weather destinations, such as the Canary Islands.

Fraport’s actively managed Group airports worldwide also reported a strong rise in passenger numbers. The 14 Greek airports were leading the line with overall passenger growth of 44%, along with Antalya Airport in Turkey, where traffic was up 32.1% year-on-year.

Full-year 2023 outlook confirmed

After conclusion of the first quarter, Fraport’s executive board is maintaining its full-year outlook for 2023.

So, as previously predicted, Fraport expects passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport to grow by at least 80% and up to about 90% compared to pre-crisis 2019, when some 70.6 million passengers traveled via Germany’s largest aviation hub.

Fraport’s Group EBITDA is projected to reach between approximately €1,040 million and €1,200 million.

The Group result is forecast to increase to a range of between around €300 million and €420 million in 2023.

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