Germany reports record foreign air passengers

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19 May 2004 , WIESBADEN - Underscoring the recovery of Germany's civil aviation sector, the government reported Wednesday that foreign passenger numbers set new records in the first quarter, with strong rises in travel to Asia and Africa. The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said 11.1 million people flew to foreign destinations, a 12.3 percent rise over the first quarter of 2003. "It is the highest quarterly growth and the highest foreign passenger volume for a first quarter of a calendar year on rec

19 May 2004

WIESBADEN - Underscoring the recovery of Germany's civil aviation sector, the government reported Wednesday that foreign passenger numbers set new records in the first quarter, with strong rises in travel to Asia and Africa.

The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said 11.1 million people flew to foreign destinations, a 12.3 percent rise over the first quarter of 2003.

"It is the highest quarterly growth and the highest foreign passenger volume for a first quarter of a calendar year on record," the office reported.

Passenger numbers on domestic flight routes came to 5.3 million, a drop of 2.1 percent on the first quarter of 2003.

On balance, the total number of domestic and foreign flight passengers was up by 7.2 percent on the first quarter of last year, the office reported.

Among foreign flights, other European countries were the destination for 8.1 million air travellers, up 10.6 percent on the first quarter of 2003.

Air passengers to Africa totalled 600,000, up 22.2 percent, while those to American destinations increased 13.2 percent to 1.2 million. Passengers to Asian destinations rose 19 percent to 1.2 million, the office said.

Air cargo volumes to foreign destinations increased 10.2 percent to 600,000 tons, the office reported.

The figures document the ongoing recovery in German civil aviation which had been hit by terrorism fears, the SARS epidemic in Asia and the overall weak state of the economy in recent years.

 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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