German airports forecast slowdown in passenger numbers

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While passenger numbers at German airports have increased over last year, growth is slowing down, according to the country's airport association ADV.

Between January and September 2011, the number of passengers grew by 5.8% to around 150.4 million when compared with the same period in 2010.

This increase was partly due to the effects of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe in April 2010, noted ADV. With those traffic losses taken into account, passenger numbers grew around 4% during the first nine months of this year, the association estimated.

Nevertheless, ADV said that the September 2011 passenger volume indicates a slowdown in the growth rates which had been observed for several months. Increases in September were registered only for flights to European destinations, up 5.6% to 11.8 million, while passenger numbers on domestic and intercontinental flights decreased by 2.3% and 0.7%, respectively.

The increases are generally found at large airports with connecting flights while passenger numbers at small and medium-sized airports have been stagnating or, in places, falling significantly, ADV added.

At nearly 370,000t, air cargo remained flat during the first nine months of 2011 when compared with the same period last year.

The same is true for the number of commercial aircraft movements, which stood almost 196,000 takeoffs and landings, up 0.3%.