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Press article fom  08.01.2008

Airport Frankfurt-Hahn is starting into the coming years with positive expectations

Ten years after the Fraport AG became a major shareholder in the operating company of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport it is looking at the interim results. The Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Udo Preißner says: “the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has developed into a major hub of international importance within a few years and it would be difficult to imagine the Hunsrück without it.” during the New Year’s Breakfast Event for the Press at the Hahn-Airport Conference Center. “For the first time we passed the 4 - Million passenger mark during the past year and we even achieved record results in the freight sector.” At the same time, together with the Ryanair Director of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Mrs. Anja Seugling, he took the opportunity to take a look into the future and to present the expansion plans for the coming year.

Ten years of Fraport at Hahn – Ten years of continuous growth

In 1997 Hahn Airport was not only one of the youngest airports in Germany but with about 20 thousand passengers and 5000 tons of freight one of the smallest. The airport operator company Fraport AG, at that time still Flughafen Frankfurt Main AG, recognized the potential of the regional airport in Rhineland-Palatinate and secured itself the majority interest in shares of the former US Airbase. Today Fraport holds a 65 percent interest of the Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, the states of Hessia and Rhineland-Palatinate hold 17.5 percent each. As a result of this partnership with the Frankfurt operating company, “Hahn” was renamed in 2001 to Airport Frankfurt-Hahn. During the timeframe of 1998 to 2007 about 210M Euros have been invested into the infrastructure of the airport. The most important provisions were the construction of a terminal, operational surface space, new access roads and most of all, an extended runway.

The amount of movements developed a continuous upward trend during the course of the years. The status changed together with the rising importance in the international market as well: the regional airport turned into an international air traffic hub. “Frankfurt-Hahn is the eleventh largest passenger airport and the fourth largest freight airport in all of Europe” says Udo Preißner.

This development also had an impact on the economic importance of the location. The business first started achieving an operational profit in 2006. More than 3200 jobs have emerged in the area. The generated tax through the airport already is of great importance: 52.3 M Euros were determined alone in 2005.

Closely connected to the great success of the airport is without a doubt the positioning of the low budget carrier Ryanair in April of 1999. The first flight schedule of Ryanair only had two daily flights to London-Stansted. “In 1998 we didn’t even have 30,000 passengers a year. Today we can announce that in 2007 we had 4,015,155 passengers that used the Hunsrück-airport as point of arrival or departure. This actually means an increase of 8 percent in comparison to 2006. The amount of flight movements has also increased from 39,610 to 40,980 in 2007 and compared to last year. To express this in percent it is an increase of 3 percent.” Preißner continues. The largest passenger air carrier was and is the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair who has already planned on stationing additional aircraft at Hahn this year. Besides Ryanair we also have the passenger airlines Wizz Air, Iceland Express and the charter carrier Fly Car operating from the Airport Frankfurt-Hahn; meanwhile there more than forty destina-tions that can be reached daily from the Airport Frankfurt-Hahn.

The Cargo segment, second business sector of the airport, is also showing an in-creased rate of growth. During the past fiscal year of 2007, 289,404 tons of airfreight (including the substitution for road traffic) was turned over, which constitutes a growth of nine percent compared to the prior year. The largest freight company offering its services from Airport Frankfurt-Hahn as their European hub is the Russian freight carrier Aeroflot Cargo. In October of 2007 Egypt Air Cargo announced Frankfurt-Hahn as their European hub and increased their flight movements at the same time. With Emir-ates Sky Cargo and Etihad Crystal Cargo, two very reputable air cargo carriers who will open stations here, the Airport Frankfurt-Hahn has once again clearly proven its position on the global freight market sector. Other major customers in the cargo segment are Quantas Freight, MNG Cargo Airlines as well as Air Armenia. Air France Cargo has already been operating a large air freight center at Hahn since 1997.

Investments and Expansion in 2008

“We are expecting a steady continuing development for this year as well. The further development of the infrastructure will be in conjunction with this” says Udo Pressner, “We want to invest about 120 Million Euros 2011. A major project for 2008 is the expected expansion of our passenger terminal. Due to the continuous increase in the amount of passengers we have reached the point again where we are expanding the terminal. The planned stationing of altogether 18 aircraft by 2012 through the Irish low budget carrier Ryanair at Hahn is the most important reason for this is, although a further reason is the need of further areas for shops, Restaurants and Cafés”. The terminal construction is planned to have a size of 65 by 65 meters and would be in two steps. “A first step in the construction which should be started as soon as possible is the rebuilding of the passenger arrival section in terminal one, on the lower level, as well as installing two new luggage tracks. In the second step of the construction plans and also in terminal one, we will build a central security check which will make it mandatory for all departing passengers to be processed there. 1800 square meters of shops, bars and restaurants, forming a “market place” will await the passengers. The total investment for this expansion project is about 20 Million Euros. The terminal will then have enough capacity for eight million passengers – and further growth at the Air-port Frankfurt-Hahn.”

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