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Press article fom  09.01.2007

Passengers Numbering 3.7 Million Top Expectations

Frankfurt Hahn Airport, January 9, 2007. Frankfurt Hahn Airport has set a new record in its air traffic statistics for the year 2006. With more than 3.7 million passengers – nearly 630,000 more than last year – the passenger figures for the past business year soared by twenty percent vs. the previous year. More than 266,000 tons of air cargo were handled, an increase of 16 percent. A rise of 6 percent in comparison to last year's figures was also chalked up by the 39,619 flight movements in 2006. Rhineland-Palatinate's low-cost airport is thus steadily continuing on its course of growth. The forecasts made at the beginning of 2006 were surpassed by far in all areas.

Passage: Scheduled Flights are Key Bearers of Growth
Scheduled flights are still the most important engine of growth at Frankfurt Hahn Airport. Around 3.5 million of the total of 3,705,088 passengers took advantage of the offers of low-cost airlines. In 2006, 15,290 passengers took advantage of package tours and so Frankfurt Hahn Airport also grew by 9 percent in 2006 compared to 2005 in this sector, as well. The number of transit passengers rose from 74,925 to 179,274. The largest volume of passengers, reaching 380,365, was registered in the month of August. Thanks to the World Cup in Germany and the 51 special flights added to handle the extra traffic, Frankfurt Hahn Airport was able to log approximately 7,000 additional passengers.

Forecasts for the year 2006 originally put the expected number of passengers at 3.5 million. Thrifty travellers can now fly to nearly fifty destinations in Europe with the low-cost airlines Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Iceland Express. An average of more than 10,000 passengers daily make use of this successful airport in Rhineland-Palatinate, around 20 percent of them business travellers.

Cargo: Air Cargo Handling Continues to Grow
As in the previous year, air cargo has again grown substantially. For the first time, a total of 123,165 tons were registered in flown cargo alone. Here too, expectations were surpassed by far, since the forecast was originally for 115,000 tons. This result, compared to that of 1998 (13,876 metric tons), is a nearly tenfold increase in cargo volume since the airport joined Fraport AG. Including goods shipped by truck (road feeder service), the cargo volume in the past business year ran to 266,174 tons (forecast: 245,000 tons). Thus, tonnage rose by 16 percent compared to the previous year.

The strongest cargo month was March, when 27,105 tons of cargo were handled. Cargo carriers such as Aeroflot Cargo, Air Armenia, Egypt Air, and Qantas Freight offer regularly scheduled cargo flights from Hahn. Air France runs a large cargo handling centre at Frankfurt Hahn Airport, as well. Hahn has remained steady for several years at fourth place in the list of the largest cargo airports in Germany (following Frankfurt, Cologne/Bonn, and Munich).

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