Press article fom 02.10.2002
Frankfurt-Hahn on track for the Top Ten
The one millionth passenger for 2002 – Additional terminal capacity through further expansion – 3,000 new parking spaces: now with their own shuttle bus – External connections further improved: bus feeder not only from Koblenz and Rhine-Main but also from Heidelberg and Luxembourg with attractive pick-up options
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 02.10.2002. The Board of Directors of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport GmbH sees itself as justified in its low-cost strategy by the announcement today by Ryanair of its intention to station more aircraft at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and to take up new routes by as early as the end of the year. “We can see a large growth potential for our airport and have already set all the wheels in motion from a planning point of view in order to be able to keep pace with this impressive development. The expansion of the infrastructure at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport will therefore be further accelerated. We have no fears that expansion will be delayed due to the new low-cost competition such as that from Cologne/Bonn Airport”, so says Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH.
Just a few days ago, the Airport Company welcomed the one-millionth passenger this year. This figure will increase to around 1.4 million by the end of 2002. In the whole of the year 2001, the number of passengers was still around 450,000. The number of passengers is rising steeply, especially since the setting-up of the Ryanair hub in February of this year. This will also mean a further rise in the rating list of the 36 German passenger airports. If, according to passenger figures, Frankfurt-Hahn was still in last place in 1997, by 2001 it had already reached number 20. At the moment, the enterprising airport is in 14th place and in 2003 may even find its way into the top ten.
It was therefore recently decided that the conversion of an existing cargo hall into a second passenger terminal and the construction of new parking areas would be priority expansion projects.
"Once again we are putting our ability to respond quickly and professionally to new demands to the test", adds Andreas Helfer, who is also a Director of the Hunsrück airport. "The new installations are also following our principle of building functionally and cost-effectively. This distinguishes us from other regional airports and enables us to pass on low prices to the airlines without competition. In this way, we are permanently safeguarding our market leadership, specifically against newcomers."
Thus, a further passenger terminal with eight check-in counters, three departure gates, four security check areas, two baggage reclaim conveyors and 740 square metres of licensee areas will be completed by 2003. The new Terminal II will be joined to the existing Terminal I by means of a weatherproof walkway and will be similar to this in its design. It is intended to be used exclusively for Schengen flights. With a total of 10,000 square metres of usable area, the two terminals will provide a processing ca-pacity for around 3.5 million passengers. The level of the investment costs is around five million euros.
Further parking facilities are to be completed by as early as March 2003. At the same time, the parking areas in the vicinity of the terminals will be extended by about 3,000 parking spaces distributed between six individual areas. The cost of this project has been estimated at three million euros.
Already, with a focus on service, a shuttle bus has been established from the numer-ous parking areas to the passenger terminal and back. For a fare of one euro per journey (children up to seven travel free), the transfer busses at the airport run from the indicated bus stops at 15 minute intervals in certain time slots corresponding to the current timetables between 04:30 in the morning and midnight. The Steigenberger Esprix Hotel is also linked by shuttle service to the terminal nine times a day.
Furthermore, since the summer, the feeder options to the airport have been consid-erably extended. As long ago as February, with the opening of the Ryanair hub, a new bus service from Mainz was added to the existing connections from Frankfurt and Koblenz. In July, a new bus route via Ludwigshafen and Mannheim to Heidelberg was put into service and, since the middle of September, Luxembourg has been linked with Frankfurt-Hahn Airport by means of a cross-border link via Trier (for timetables and information, see www.hahn-airport.de).
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