Frankfurt air cargo volume, hit by a two-month night flight ban, fell 6.5 per cent in December to 167,970 tonnes, falling faster rate than declines suffered at other economically battered European airports.
"After the extraordinary gains of 2010, the air freight sector has increasingly felt the impact of the slowdown in the global economy during the course of last year," Frankfurt Airport owner Fraport said in a statement.
The results compare with the unchanged traffic at Amsterdam Schiphol and 14.2 per cent gain at London Heathrow in December.
Frankfurt's month-to-month decline was not reflected in a year-on-year comparison because of the bad weather than disrupted flights in December 2010.
The night flight ban, which mostly hit Lufthansa Cargo freighters, will remain in place at least until a Leipzig administrative court makes a ruling in March, the Shipping Gazette informs.