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Press article fom  14.02.2006

Seventh Aircraft Stationed at Hahn

The seventh Boeing B737-800 will get started on Valentine's Day – the fourth birthday of the German Ryanair hub – special fare campaign* plus taxes and fees can be booked at www.ryanair.de


London-Stansted / Frankfurt-Hahn, 14 February 2006: Ryanair, the European pioneer and market leader in the low-cost flight sector, will be commissioning another Boeing 737-800 at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport today. The Irish airline now has a total of seven Boeing B737-800 aircrafts stationed at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, which it chose to be its German base in 2002.

As Michael Cawley, Deputy CEO and COO at Ryanair, said today: "It is a great delight for me to be able to celebrate our fourth anniversary at our base in Frankfurt-Hahn Airport so aptly today by stationing another Boeing here. This is only the first step in our expansion plan, which calls for a total of eighteen Boeing 737-800 to be stationed here at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport by 2012. After around seven years of flight operations at Hahn and four years as a Ryanair base, we can now pronounce it a great success. More than ten million passengers have flown with Ryanair since it began operations to and from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. And that is of course not all, once we have eighteen Boeings stationed at Hahn, we will be flying around eight million passengers each year to and from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport."

One of the things this seventh Boeing will be making possible is to increase the frequency of flights on four routes from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport even before the summer flight schedule takes effect. In Italy, the links to Alghero on Sardinia, Pescara at the south end of the boot and Bologna-Forli as a gateway to the beaches of the Emilia Romagna region will again enjoy daily flights starting this month – instead of three times per week as in the winter flight schedule. The Mediterranean cloverleaf is completed by daily flights to the Southern French harbour city of Montpellier. In addition, the seventh machine will implement a rotation of the London connection. Starting on February 23, 2006, the Irish will be flying three flights a week from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Bari in Apulia and back. This Southern Italian city on the Adriatic, which is said to have an Arabian flair, will thus become Ryanair's eighth destination in Italy from Germany.

Of course, Ryanair will not do without a special fare campaign on this occasion: Until midnight on Thursday, 16 February, it is possible to book at www.ryanair.de not only the Italian destinations on the Mediterranean, but also more northern places such as Stockholm-Skavsta or Oslo-Torp, or the lively Spanish destinations of Reus or Gerona, and many, many more, free of charge* plus taxes and fees for the travel period from February 24 until May 31, 2006 (except for the days around Easter from April 11 - 20, 2006). Including the necessary taxes and fees, this comes out to a mere € 13.90 per person one-way. The advanced booking period for this special fare is fourteen days.

Hot tip: Gift vouchers, for the next Valentine's Day or birthdays, for all flights in the Ryanair network are available starting at € 25 from www.ryanairvouchers.com.

Ryanair, Europe's leading low-price airline, currently offer 301 routes in 22 countries – and flies to 113 different airports. This low-price supplier currently has more than fifteen European hubs and will have a fleet of 107 Boeing 737-800 by the end of March 2006. Added to this are another 127 firm orders to be delivered in the next seven years. At present, Ryanair has a staff of 2,700 employees and will fly around 35 million passengers in the current 2005-2006 business year. (Date: January 10, 2006).
In Germany, Ryanair offers routes from the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (with stationed aircraft), Lübeck, Friedrichshafen and Düsseldorf Airport (Weeze), approx. 70 km from Düsseldorf on the A 57, as well as Altenburg-Nobitz, Berlin-Schönefeld and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.

Press inquiries: Katja Zarbock, mobile +49 (170) 645-6016 *When checking in, a price of one euro cent appears for technical reasons

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