Positive start to 2024 for Fraport Group

The Fraport Group has enjoyed a successful start to the year, with all key financial indicators achieving at least double-digit growth rates in the first quarter of 2024.

The main driver of this positive trend was the continued rise in passenger numbers at most of the airports across Fraport’s global network, which helped boost the group revenue for Q1 by 16.3% to €890.2 million.

Fraport AG’s CEO, Dr. Stefan Schulte, commented: “Frankfurt Airport was impacted by strikes on several days in the first three months of 2024. Some 600,000 passengers were affected by the strikes in addition to weather-related cancellations. In spite of these adverse effects, the new business year got off to a good start.

“This was, in particular, attributable to growth at our Group airports outside Germany, with many of them exceeding pre-crisis levels again. For the full year, we expect to continue this positive business trend, in line with our guidance.”

Key indicators largely improve

In the first three months of 2024, Fraport’s Group revenue rose by 16.3% to €890.2 million. Adjusting for revenues resulting from construction and expansion measures at Fraport’s international subsidiaries (under IFRIC 12), Group revenue increased by 16.7% to €763.5 million.

The largest contributions came from Fraport’s Aviation and International Activities & Services business segments. The Aviation segment’s revenue rose by €45.6 million to €265.6 million in the reporting period, mainly driven by increased traffic volumes in Frankfurt and positive price effects arising from airport fees.

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Fraport’s International segment saw a €49.1 million revenue increase, lifting the total figure to €345.9 million. Reasons included dynamic traffic growth at many of the Group’s airports worldwide and the addition of new concessions in the US.

At the start of the year, Fraport USA assumed responsibility for the centre management at Washington Dulles and Reagan airports serving the US capital.

Reflecting this positive trend, the Group’s operating result (or EBITDA) rose by 34.3% to €212.6 million during the first three months of 2024 (Q1/2023: €158.3 million). The Group result (or net profit) improved to €12.7 million. In the same period last year, this figure was still negative at minus €32.6 million.

Passenger numbers continue to recover in the first quarter

In the first three months of 2024, passenger numbers in Frankfurt went up by 10.4% year-on-year to 12.5 million passengers. This represents around 85% of the pre-crisis level reached in 2019.

Despite the negative effects from several strikes, demand for leisure travel remained high in Q1/2024. Business travel volumes also increased in comparison with the same period of 2023. Strikes and weather-related flight cancellations affected a total of around 600,000 passengers in the first quarter.

Among Fraport’s global gateways, positive standouts were Antalya Airport on the Turkish Riviera, the 14 Greek airports, and Lima Airport in Peru. At all three gateways, passenger numbers over the first three months were significantly above pre-crisis levels seen in 2019.

Full-year outlook confirmed for fiscal 2024

In view of the positive performance achieved in the first quarter of 2024, Fraport’s executive board is confirming its forecasts for the full 2024 fiscal year.

Fraport expects passenger numbers for Frankfurt Airport to reach around 61 million to 65 million travellers in 2024. Group EBITDA is forecast to be between about €1,260 million and €1,360 million. The Group result (net profit) is projected to lie between approximately €435 million and €530 million.

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