German air traffic up despite Icelandic volcano: statistics

26th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany's air transportation sector posted an annualised increase of 1.7 percent in 2010 first-half passenger numbers despite chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano, government statistics showed Thursday.

Cargo operations showed a leap of almost 28 percent meanwhile, pointing to a rebound by the airline industry which has also been hit by the global economic slowdown and a spike last year in fuel prices.

Around 43.3 million passengers transited through German airports between January and June 2010, raising the half-year figure despite a plunge of 18.4 percent in April from the same month a year earlier, the data showed.

An ash cloud generated by the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjöll volcano shut down 16 international airports in Europe for five days that month.

But first-half intercontinental flights from Germany increased by 7.0 percent, while intra European traffic was up by 1.5 percent and domestic service showed a gain of 1.2 percent.

Cargo traffic was up by 27.8 percent to 1.93 million tonnes, surpassing the level seen before a global economic crisis erupted in 2008.

© 2010 AFP

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