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Press article fom  08.07.2002

Frankfurt-Hahn on the way to the Top Ten in Germany

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 8th July 2002. Increasing passenger numbers - Growing range of flights - More employees - Attractive terminal services - Shops open seven days a week

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is expanding its competitive position as a low-cost option amongst the European airports. With 593,926 passengers in the first half of 2002, almost three times the number of passengers were welcomed in Frankfurt-Hahn as in the same period of the previous year.

"We have already run rings around airports such as Erfurt, Saarbrücken, Berlin Tempelhof and Dortmund. If development continues in this way, next year we will be in the top ten of German passenger airports" comments Managing Director, Jörg Schumacher, on the half-year statistics published today. The best month for traffic was May with 138,196, the busiest day was 30th May with 5,302 passengers. In the whole of the year 2002, the airport company expects 1.2 million passengers; in 2001 it was only 450,000. The number of aircraft movements rose by 14 percent in the first half of the previous year from 11,888 to 13,506.

This course of expansion is assisted primarily by the commissioning of the new hub for the low cost Irish carrier, Ryanair, in February 2002. Ryanair has 30 flights a day to ten destinations. Ryanair has already announced its intention to lay on further aircraft in the coming years. In the meantime, charter flights take off to the most popular holiday destinations. In summer, Antalya, Palma de Mallorca and Lourdes all appear on the timetable.

This success is also reflected in the development of job situations. The number of employees at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport site rose by 2.7 percent from 1,702 in February of this year to 1,748 in June; by the end of the year 2002, it is expected to be more than 1,800. The number of companies with employees located at the airport is currently 101.

"The new positions have occurred mainly in the passenger terminal, the extension of which we opened two weeks ago" explains Andreas Helfer, Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. "Altogether, 17 concessionaires - mostly companies from the region - are opening up a considerable range to visitors and passengers."

The restaurant and café invite passengers to linger; a visitor terrace allows a direct view over the apron. In its shop, Fairland-Bauernmarkt GmbH is offering wine, sausages and other specialities typical of the region and is making the most of the opportunity of publicising the region beyond its boundaries. Wines and liqueurs are also available in a special wine merchants. The Art and Gift Gallery carries a range of tasteful souvenirs. In the Sun Oasis, you can get an early tan for your holiday - or treat yourself to a new outfit. The post office also offers books and newspapers - in the languages of all the countries served by Frankfurt-Hahn as well as in German. A hairdressing salon is available for customers throughout the week - even on Sundays and Mondays. Like everything else. The opening times of the shops allow purchases to be made every day of the week.

The tourist information service of the Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist and Spa Association (Fremdenverkehrs- und Heilbäderverbandes Rheinland-Pfalz) will give advice on the possibilities for tourism in the region, predominantly to arriving passengers but also to day visitors. Car rental facilities and travel agencies complete the range.

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