Airport operator Fraport AG said Friday that the number of passengers using its six facilities in December and for all of 2006 increased because of flights to southern Europe and Asia.
All six airports reported a combined total of 73.8 million passengers in 2006, up 2.3 % from 2005.
The majority of those figures came from Frankfurt International Airport, the third-busiest in Europe behind London's Heathrow Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport that serves Paris.
In 2006, more than 52.8 million passengers flew in and out of Frankfurt, up 1.1 % from 2005. In December, more than 3.8 million passengers flew in and out of Frankfurt, up 4.1 % from December 2005.
Fraport's terminal at Antalya Airport in Turkey had 5.1 million passengers, up 1 % from last year, while Peru's Lima airport served 6.03 million passengers, up 6.7 % from 2005.
At Frankfurt-Hahn Airport - one of discount carrier Ryanair's major hubs, traffic rose 20.4 % with 3.7 million passengers carried. Hanover Airport reported a 1.1 % increase in traffic, with nearly 5.7 million passengers last year.
Saarbruecken Airport, however, had just 420,216 passengers, a 13.6 % decline from 2005.
For the year, the six airports handled 2.6 million metric tons (2.87 million U.S. tons) of cargo, up 9.3 % from 2005.
Shares of Fraport were down just more than half a percent in Frankfurt trading to 55.90 euros ($72.58).
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