Press article fom 01.06.2005
From access road via bus station to terminal
Frankfurt-Hahn, June 1, 2005. The next round of improvements to the infrastructure at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has taken off. The new terminal will start operations today - the official terminal opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on July 21, 2005 with Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Vice-Minister-President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and invited guests attending - , the construction of the new access road is entering its final phase and a new bus station is under construction.
Terminals 1 and 2 are now one
The new terminal, with a total area of 13,500 sq m began operations today, June 1, 2005 exactly on schedule after only seven months of construction work. This involved connecting both existing Terminals 1 and 2 with 3500 square meters of intermediate floor space at a cost of investment of €3.9 million. A total of €21 million was invested in the terminals (Terminals 1 and 2 as well as the intermediate building), which now provides facilities for handling up to six million passengers. In addition to relocating all six major car rental companies and some of the shops into the new building, three new businesses will also be opening their doors in the large terminal.
This includes an amusement arcade run by Saturn Entertainment, a Metropolitan Health & Beauty drugstore in the public area and a combined catering concept in the security area by Fraportissimo Enterprises offering seafood snacks and brand-name Italian coffee. Further plans also include a multimedia shop and a baggage and leather goods store.
In addition, a new service center (formerly information desk) will also be available where passengers and visitors will be able to obtain information on everything happening at the terminal from service staff who will be happy to provide assistance by phone (+49 (6543) 50-8000) and on site. The service center also offers copying and fax services. A lost-and-found office is also located here where keys or any sharp implements such as pocket knives not allowed on board can be stored for a fee.
The official terminal opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on July 21, 2005 with Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Vice-Minister-President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and invited guests attending.
New access road – airport access road closed off completely from June 13 to July 2, 2005 / detour through Lautzenhausen
The third and biggest construction phase of the new access road is headed for its last lap. The future main access road will link up with the existing county road (K 2). For this purpose, County Road K 2 (connecting Federal Highway B 50 and the airport grounds) will be completely closed to all traffic starting at the intersection with K 76 (Lautzenhausen junction) from June 13 to (presumably) July 2, 2005. During this time, all traffic to and from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport will be diverted through the town of Lautzenhausen. To facilitate this, no-stopping zones will be set up along Büchenbeurener Strasse as well as some sections of the main road in Lautzenhausen.
“Zweckverband Flughafen Hahn”, the awarding authority of the new access road, is not expecting any traffic jams during this period, although visitors are nonetheless being asked to allow sufficient time for their arrival in the event that traffic should be slow. Starting on June 25, 2005, the main access route to the airport will again go by way of Mainzer Tor, although a detour on the airport grounds will be necessary until the access road is completely finished by the fall of 2005.
Access to the State Police School and housing area will remain open during the period of construction. The total amount of investment required for the main access road will be approximately €10 million.
New bus station
Immediately adjoining the PH parking garage (short-term parking area near the terminal), a large bus station is being built covering roughly 4,850 sqm, with a total of 15 parking spaces for buses as well as a walkway to the terminal. Construction has already been underway since early May. The new partially sheltered bus station is scheduled to be officially opened in October 2005. Since increasing numbers of passengers also means more people arriving by bus, this building project is needed to prevent traffic jams at the terminals. At present, buses are running more than eighty trips a day to all important cities in the vicinity. “Zweckverband Flughafen Hahn” is also the awarding authority here, and has awarded the contract for the construction work to Faber GmbH of Schlierschied near Gemünden. This project will cost about €600,000.
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