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Press article fom  21.07.2005

Low-cost terminal has now officially "expanded"

Frankfurt-Hahn, 21 July 2005. The new extended low-cost terminal at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport was officially opened today (Thursday, 21 July) by Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Transport Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, and Jörg Schumacher and Stefano Wulf, Managing Directors of the airport operating company, in the presence of invited guests from politics, industry, and the press. The existing Terminals 1 and 2 were extended to include a 3,500 sq metre intermediate area within the shortest possible construction time (8 months). Parts of the new complex came into service on 1 June 2005. The "expanded" terminal now has a total area of 13,500 sq metres and can accommodate up to 6 million passengers. The total cost of the intermediate building came to €3.9 million, which means that a sum of €21 million has now been expended on the complete terminal since the construction of the first terminal in 1999. Some terminal tenants celebrated this day with discount and sampling actions for passengers and visitors. Further information is available at www.hahn-airport.de.

"Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is one of the most dynamic airports in Germany with a successful low-cost concept. The expansion of the terminal proves that the airport operating company is extremely customer-oriented and considers itself a service provider. This is enormously important for further economic growth in our region," said Minister Bauckhage during the official opening ceremonies at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Bauckhage welcomed, in particular, the continuous increase in the number of jobs occupied primarily by employees from the region. He also said that the range of regional specialties available is a clear illustration of the close links between the Airport and the region.

"The key factor in the expansion of the terminal was naturally the continuous increase in the volume of traffic at the Airport. Our passengers, service providers and customers therefore require more space. The entire region around Frankfurt-Hahn Airport also benefits from this growth. A large number of terminal concessionaires are branches of regional companies. We are also regionally focused as regards jobs. Over 87% of employees around the Airport come from the region. We attach a great deal of importance to this fact," said Jörg Schumacher, Management Spokesman of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH.

Stefano Wulf emphasised that the extension of the so-called non-aviation area (shops, car parks, infrastructure) has created value-added for everyone: "Our main objective is to satisfy our guests and customers. We are therefore investing a great deal in the future of the Airport and are optimising the infrastructure through various development measures such as the expansion of the terminal, a new access road, a new bus station, and a number of other services." He said that this area is of course important for the economic development of the Airport because a considerable share of the total annual turnover is attained through the non-aviation sector. Thanks to investments in this sector, we are increasing the cost-effectiveness of our business model," said Wulf in conclusion.

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Terminal Facts
Terminal, Halls A and B
Total investment
€21 million
Total capacity
6 million passengers

Current terminal area/br> 13,500 sq metres

Construction philosophy
Simple and functional with low costs

Service Centre
Information on terminal activities, photocopying and fax service, lost property office, storage of sharp objects on payment of a fee.

Check-in counters

Departure gates

Baggage carousels

Shops + banks
13 + 2


Car-hire firms

Other services
Internet terminals, WLAN hotspots

Chronology of the terminal
Start of civilian flights – the first passengers were cleared in a converted officers’ club until the capacity limit was reached in 1998.

31 March 2000<7br> Terminal 1, the first official passenger terminal, opens with an area of 3,000 sq metres after a construction time of just 8 months. This Terminal contains 2 shops, 1 restaurant, 9 check-in desks, 3 gates, and 1 baggage carousel.

July 2000
Terminal 1 extended to 2 storeys by an area of around 4,200 sq metres, i.e. more than double the previous area. From that time onwards, Level 2 towers above in Terminal 1 with a new visitor terrace. Construction of another gate and baggage carousel. As of this date, passengers have a choice of 7 shops and 4 restaurants.

4 June 2003
Terminal 2 opens. 8 check-in counters, 4 departure gates, 4 security checkpoints, 2 baggage carousels and 740 sq metres of concession areas also built. Terminal 2 connected to the existing Terminal 1 by a covered passageway.

Investment sum of both terminals at this time: €17 million.

End of November 2004
Construction of the intermediate terminal building at a cost of €3.9 million (Terminals 1 and 2 linked to form one large terminal).

1 June 2005
Start of operation of individual areas in the new extended terminal.
<7br> 21 July 2005
Official opening of the "expanded terminal" by Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Minister of Transport of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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