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Press article fom  20.04.2010

Minister praises "brilliant logistical achievement"

Hahn Airport, 20th April 2010. Within the space of just a few hours Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has set up a major building site and begun renewing the surface of the runway, a task originally scheduled for the summer. One kilometre or a total of 42,000 square metres of runway (just over half a mile or ca. 138,000 square feet) are to be finished by Wednesday morning. The decision was made on Monday morning; by 11 p.m. 100 people, 50 articulated lorries, five large grooving machines and four asphalt pavers were already in action. This makes good use of the quiet period caused by the cloud of volcanic ash.


"This is a brilliant logistical achievement," praised Hendrik Hering, minister of economy and transport for the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. "Getting such a complex project up and running in such a short time once again goes to show just how dedicated the staff at Hahn Airport are to their work and how flexible and efficient both the airport and our regional companies are." With this measure, the airport will save a considerable amount of time and money.

During the coming year 12 centimetres (5 inches) are to be stripped from 2.4 kilometres (1½ miles) of runway, the total length of which is 3.8 kilometres (ca. 2 miles), and resurfaced. The sum of the investment comes to twelve million euros. The initial plan was to shut down the runway in summer between midnight and six o'clock in the morning and work by floodlight. With just this time span available, renewal would have taken over three months. Thanks to the work carried out over the past hours, at least one month of roadworks has now been cut. The major contractor, Hunsrücker Asphaltbau GmbH, comes from near the airport, with Hunsrück companies Blümling Baugesellschaft mbH from Sohren and Juchem Asphalt Bau GmbH from Niederwörresbach also contributing to the project.

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