Press article fom 30.12.2004
Runway extension approved
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport was accorded some good news just in time for the New Year: on 28 Dec 2004, official approval was ratified for the extension of the runway from 3,045 meters to a total length of 3,800 meters.
"Now we can really take off," exulted both Hahn Managing Directors Andreas Helfer and Jörg Schumacher. "We need the runway extension to retain the freight carriers already located in Hahn, and to acquire new customers. The economic deployment of cargo planes over long distances will become possible only with the lengthened runway. For the region, this project is a substantial economic impulse, secures existing jobs, and will create around 1,300 new jobs. Hahn is and will continue to be the regional job engine."
The planning began in the summer of 2002 with a regional development assessment procedure. The required planning approval proceedings have been underway since August 2003. Together with the Rhineland-Palatinate State Street and Traffic Operation’s official approval, follow-up measures have been decided on in addition to the extension of the runway. Among other things, these include the construction of a taxiway and an apron, shifting the federal road B327 (Hunsrückhöhenstrasse), and the realization of draining and landscaping measures. According to the airport corporation, the 439-page resolution will be examined in detail in the coming weeks.
In January 2005, the state of Hesse will become a new partner in the Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. At the same time, share capital will be increased by 20 million euros. This will create the financial basis for making major investments in the airport and thus enable the operating company to realize profitability in the near future.
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