Press article fom 26.09.2001
Winter Timetables Offer Attractive New Destinations
Winter timetables now in operation – New destinations for charter flights – Direct tour operators discover Hahn – Continued growth in passenger traffic – Attractive services on offer
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 26 October 2001. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is continuing its ascent towards success. In addition to the already-publicised scheduled flights, the 2001/2002 winter timetables are offering charter flights to the sun. As well as Antalya (Turkey), now, for the first time, Hurghada (Egypt), Istanbul (Turkey) and Larnaca (Cyprus) are available as sunny destinations. And also Arvidsjaur in Sweden, following its successful launch last winter, will once again feature in the programme. The new timetable came into operation on 28 October 2001. Up until now the airline companies have registered approximately 1,700 take-offs and landings for the period up to 30 March 2002, a figure which means that about 12,700 seats will be available for sale each week.
It is particularly the direct tour operators who have now discovered the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport as their own stomping ground. After having completed a most promising trial run in the spring, Berge & Meer Touristik GmbH, the Rhineland Palatinate-based company, has stepped up the presence of Frankfurt-Hahn in its winter programme. And the Saarland tour operator, Direkt Reise Service GmbH, is continuing its summer programme but at a more intensified level.
Ryanair, the Irish, low-cost carrier, is planning to increase the three daily connections flying to London at present up to four from January 2002 onwards. One flight per day will continue to serve Glasgow-Prestwick and Shannon.
As a result of these interesting services and travel offers, the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is able to further the positive developments of the past few years. This success is reflected in the numbers of passengers travelling through the airport. In the months of January to September 2001, Hahn was able to boast handling a total of 346,778 passengers – a 21 per cent increase in the figures reached during the comparable period of the previous year.
Services and facilities on offer at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport are also being constantly extended. At the moment the passenger terminal is in the process of being made twice as big. A wealth of services – ranging from car rentals through bank cash dispensing machines right up to a souvenir shop – all these are present at the terminal.
A special service to be enjoyed at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is the facility of free car parking. The increase in the volume of passenger traffic inevitably leads to a constant, increased demand for parking space. At the moment there exists an ample amount of parking spaces and this number is being permanently extended. The parking areas P3 to P7, which are well signposted and easily accessible, currently provide travellers with approximately 1,000 free parking spaces, which can be used for the entire duration of the passengers’ trips and holidays. And as a result of the taking down of former military buildings, very soon additional space will become available for the laying out of more car parking facilities. Since 15 October 2001 car parks P1 and P2, located directly next to the terminal buildings, have been accessible via a barrier system and at a charge. Parking fees, however, are clearly below those to be found at similar airports. For all passengers travelling with the tour operators, Berge & Meer, Direkt Reise Service and the TUI Group, parking at the long-term car parks continues to be free. Passengers holding a sticker for the handicapped are able to park in those spaces designated for handicapped drivers; these are located right at the terminal and are, of course, free of charge.
The Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has put together all arrival and departure times, bus timetables and the necessary information concerning airport facilities and services in a comprehensive guide for passengers. This passenger information for the 2001/2002 winter season can be requested on the telephone line 06543 / 509 525. In addition all relevant details and information can be found on the Internet site, www.hahn-airport.de.
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