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Press article fom  16.08.2001

Foundation Stone Laid For Terminal Expansion

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 16 August 2001. Celebrations were held today at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to mark the laying of the foundation stone for the extension of the airport's terminal building. The Transport Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hans-Artur Bauckhage, the Chairman of the airport corporation's Board of Directors, Professor Manfred Schölch and the party whip of the Free Democratic Party in the Hessian regional parliament, Jörg Uwe Hahn, who is also a member of the said Board of Directors, all helped to position a flagstone in the floor of the future arrivals hall; a stone which will later become a feature on view for all to see.

Since the terminal began operating in April 2000, the average volume of passengers using Frankfurt-Hahn Airport every day has more or less doubled. At the moment the terminal building sees to the needs of approximately 1,200 travellers who pass through the airport every day. As the terminal was planned to handle 400,000 passengers per annum, it is, with the present volume, already beginning to exceed its maximum capacity at an ever-increasing rate.

The passenger terminal is to be extended by an area of approximately 4,200 square metres. The extension will take the form of a two-storied construction. In future the entire arrivals area including the arrivals hall proper and the baggage reclaim area will be relocated to Level 1 of the new building. The result of this move will be that the surface and space already in existence can be solely used to deal with departures. It is planned to install seven additional counters in the check-in area. And the area currently used for baggage reclaim is to be turned into a fourth departure gate.

Two light-weight stairways of steel will lead from the new arrivals hall to the area designated for the public on Level 2. Shops, a bistro and a restaurant will provide the increasing number of visitors and passengers with an attractive and wider range of facilities and services. A spectators' terrace will enable visitors to enjoy a view directly overlooking the runway's apron. A three-storied office block will also be adjoining the arrivals area.
<7br> The total investment for the necessary expansion will amount to approximately 11.5 million deutschmarks. Completion of the extension is scheduled for March 2002.

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