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Press article fom  12.03.2004

Poland and Calabria with Air Polonia and Volareweb

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 12th March 2004 - From April 2004, the low-cost airport Frankfurt-Hahn will offer two new top destinations for its “No-Frills”-fans: With the new summer timetable, Air Polonia, Poland's first low-cost airline, will offer a connection between Warsaw and Hahn. Volareweb, the first Italian low-cost airline, will offer Lamezia Terme in sunny Calabria as a new destination. Bookings for the Warsaw route can now be made at www.airpolonia.com, for Lamezia Terme at www.volareweb.com.

Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport GmbH, said: "We are very pleased to be able to offer our LowCost customers from the Rhine-Main, Rhine-Ruhr and Saar-Lor-Lux regions two new destinations and a new airline". In view of the EU expansion in May 2004, Warsaw is a strategically important destination for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. "Further routes to eastern Europe will follow."

“The eastern enlargement begins earlier at Hahn”, says Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Minister for Economy, Traffic, Agriculture and Viniculture of the state Rhineland-Palatinate. “More promising airlines and destinations at Hahn also mean to our state an upswing and an enrichment as for the international airport in Rhineland-Palatinate itself” adds Bauckhage.

Air Polonia, Poland's first low-cost airline, will make its inaugural flight to Warsaw on 5 April 2004. The airline will use a Boeing 737-400 and offer flights from Frankfurt-Hahn on Mondays and Fridays at 9.20 pm, with a flight time of one hour and 40 minutes. The return flights depart at 7 pm, arriving 9.40 pm at Hahn. The ticket prices are fully geared towards the low-cost concept: The Polish capital with its numerous valuable architectural monuments can be reached from just under 93 euros per person including taxes and fees. Further information about Air Polonia can be found at www.airpolonia.com.*

On 29 March 2004, Volareweb - a subsidiary of the Volare Group, Italy's largest private airline - will take off from Frankfurt-Hahn for Lamezia Terme for the first time using one of their Airbus A320. Flights to Lamezia Terme from Frankfurt-Hahn via Venice depart at 2.30 pm every day between Monday and Friday. The flight time is just under 3 1/2 hours, including a 30-minute stopover at Venice. Return flights to Hahn via Venice depart at 10.35 am, arriving at 2 pm. Tickets are available from 39.98 euros per person one way plus taxes and fees. The only downside: Berlin-Schönefeld will no longer be among the list of destinations, because the airline will offer non-stop flights from Berlin to Venice in the future. Further information can be found at www.volareweb.com.*

Andreas Helfer, Managing Director of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport GmbH, is pleased about the new connection: "Lamezia Terme is the first destination in southern Italy from Frankfurt-Hahn. Calabria is not only the original home of my favourite pizza chef, but also that of many other Italian immigrants who came to Germany in the 1950s and 60s".

Calabria is the southern-most region of the Italian mainland, bordering on the Basilicata region in the north. In the northeast, it is surrounded by the Gulf of Tarent, in the southwest by the Ionian Sea, and in the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea. In the south, Calabria is separated from Sicily, which is only a few kilometres away, by the narrow Straight of Messina. Lamezia Terme lies directly at the Tyrrhenian Sea and guarantees sun, beaches and sea. Those who don't know the picturesque Tyrrhenian Sea coast will definitely be impressed.

About Air Polonia
Air Polonia’s history goes back to the year 2001, when the Polish Aviation Authority granted Air Polonia the license to fly. Initially, Air Polonia offered freight flights and flight training.

On 1 April 2003, the first Air Polonia Boeing 737-400 passenger plane took off. This marked the beginning of passenger charter flights. Due to growing demand, Air Polonia then established itself as the first Polish airline offering regular low-cost flights.

The mission of the first Polish low-cost airline is ideally reflected in its advertising slogan: "cheap flying". But the airline's motto is not only cheap, but also quality-conscious, punctual, safe and service-oriented.

Air Polonia's passenger fleet consists of two Boeing 737-400, the world's most popular jet aircraft offering space for 168 passengers. Air Polonia also operates freight flights using B737-400 and an L410 EIA-E.

About Volareweb
Volareweb.com is the low-cost brand of Volare Airlines and, like Air Europe, a subsidiary of the Volare group, Italy's largest private airline. Volareweb.com, the first Italian low-cost airline, started operations at Frankfurt-Hahn in March 2003 with flights to Venice and Brindisi. Volareweb.com operates according to the "low-cost" principle, offering cheap flights for early bookings. Bookings can be made via the internet, via the free customer service hotline on 0800 1014169, or through partner travel agents.

Volareweb's fleet consists of 19 Airbus A320 for low-cost, short and medium range operations, one Airbus A321 for charter flights in the Mediterranean region, and seven A330-200 and one Boeing 767-300 for long-distance routes. Volareweb is represented at 27 European airports, 13 of which are in Italy.

*Travel times and prices are subject to change

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