Press article fom 12.04.2006
Statement from Jörg Schumacher, Management Spokesman of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH,
on Ryanair's announcement of the next stage in expansion at Hahn scheduled for April 12, 2006:
This is great news from Ryanair for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Not only is the schedule for stationing two additional aircraft this year already set (beginning October 28), but the announcement of nine new routes, and particularly the regularly scheduled flights to a new continent North Africa – Marrakech and Fes in Morocco – is the highlight at Hahn this year.
Thanks to its proximity to Europe, its many cultural sights, its Middle Eastern traditions and wide variety of natural beauties, Morocco is predestined to be a popular vacation spot. Until now, there have primarily been only charter flights from Germany to this country. In addition, it delights me that our program has even more destinations in Spain to offer our passengers. Now the new destinations of Murcia and Granada have brought the total up to seven destinations in Spain to choose from. Granada is just right for all those who have always wanted to see the famous Alhambra, and Murcia is a hot tip for sun-lovers – its fine sandy beaches along the Costa Calida, the "Hot Coast" of Spain on the Mediterranean. Ryanair is also expanding toward Eastern Europe. With the three new routes – to Kaunas in Lithuania, and to Wroclaw and Krakow in Poland – we now have six Eastern European destinations on offer. Two new Italian routes from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport – the North Italian harbor town of Trieste and Verona, the city of the most famous opera festivals and the most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet – give the 'boot' ten destinations, the most flown to from Hahn.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is already the third-largest base of Ryanair's fifteen hubs (next to London-Stansted and Dublin). Thanks to the enormous Ryanair expansion planned up to 2012, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport will surpass Dublin and become the second-largest hub of the Irish company following London-Stansted. Along with the expansion, Ryanair will successively and economically continue to enlarge its capacities, its performance capabilities, and its landside traffic connections from Hahn (completion of the B50 highway by 2008 and a rail connection by 2010). The plans for the new passenger terminal with new aprons in the south are taking on a more tangible shape. The new terminal will enable up to ten million passengers to check in. At present, we can take on up to five million flyers in our current terminal.
In November 2005, we already announced the biggest breakthrough in our success story with Ryanair – the stationing from six to 18 new machines by 2012. The seventh Boeing 737-800 stationed at Hahn took off on February 14, 2006. This year, nine Boeing 737-800's stationed at Hahn will let people discover the wide, wide world with 36 Ryanair destinations (compared to 27 up to now). Counting in the other low-cost airlines – the new Blue Air flying to Bucharest since March 31 – Wizz Air and Iceland Express, the Hahn flight schedule offers a total of 41 destinations. This year, we are expecting around 3.5 million passengers."
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