Press article fom 16.07.2007
Passenger Volume Increases 15 Percent in the First Six Months
Hahn Airport, July 16, 2007. The dynamic growth of traffic at Frankfurt Hahn Airport is still ongoing. In the first six months of this year, 1.94 million passengers were registered, around 250,000 more than in the same period last year (1.69 million). The number of commercial starts and landings rose by seven percent to reach a new peak of 19,313 flight movements. Air cargo handling came to 125,874 tonnes, or two percent below last year's figure. The number of employees at the airport climbed from 2,604 last year to 3,158 (an increase of twenty-one percent).
Passenger traffic is strongest engine of growth
The most important growth booster at low-cost Frankfurt Hahn Airport is, as ever, regular passenger flights. Around 1.88 million of the total of 1,936,315 passengers took advantage of the low-cost airlines' offers, seventeen percent more than in the first half-year of 2006. The number of transit passengers, by contrast, fell from 70,027 to 49,054, and that of package tour travellers from 1,976 to 1,459. The month exhibiting the most traffic so far was June, with 369,859 passengers (358,632 in June 2006).
Low-budget air travellers can choose from forty-five European destinations regularly served by the low-cost airlines Ryanair, Wizz Air and Iceland Express. Each and every day, an average of nearly 11,000 passengers of whom slightly more than 20 percent are business travellers, make use of this international airport in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Infrastructure growing with passenger figures
As the number of passengers grows, so does the demand for services and infrastructure to serve their needs. A new parking area was completed in the first half-year of 2007. There are now a total of 12,500 car parking spaces in various price categories.
The demand for hotel accommodations right at the airport has also increased dramatically. A new hotel directly across from the passenger terminal opened on April 16th. Only three months after opening, the 107-room house run by the budget hotel group B&B has already achieved a high occupancy rate. Guest ratings on internet reservation portals show that the guests are satisfied, since they gave it on average 8.4 of 10 possible points. Rooms can be had for as little as € 41 per night. All rooms have a desk, a wardrobe, TV, direct-dial telephone and an analogue internet connection.
Owing to the great demand and high occupancy rates of the hotel capacities, the airport company is already negotiating with possible investors concerning the construction of additional hotels right at the airport. "Here we are thinking of a hotel in the middle-class segment," says Jörg Schumacher, Management Spokesman of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, about the plans.
Cargo handling on the up
Following the unusually good figures of the previous year, cargo handling fell somewhat during the first quarter of 2007, but is now once again on the rise. This June, 23,976 metric tonnes or 17 percent more cargo was handled than in June of 2006 (20,450 metric tonnes). Road feeder services (71,624 metric tonnes) rose in the first half-year by two percent compared to the previous year (70,312 metric tonnes).
Cargo airlines, such as Aeroflot Cargo, Air Armenia, Egypt Air, and Qantas Freight, run cargo regular cargo services from Frankfurt-Hahn. Recently, Etihad Airways Crystal Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo also began regular flights to this airport in the Hunsrück region of Germany. 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).
Air traffic creates jobs
Together with the rise in traffic, employment figures are also soaring. The most recent survey, conducted in June, counted 3,158 jobs at the airport. That makes for 47 more than in February of this year. In May 2006, the figure was only 2,604 – coming out to an increase of 21 percent. Of these employees, 361 are employed by the airport itself.
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