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Press article fom  16.09.2004

Full speed ahead to South Africa and the Far East

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 16th September 2004. From today, another strong airline partner will be providing support for the Cargo opera-tions from Germany's fourth largest freight airport. From now on, British Airways World Cargo is planning two cargo flights per week with a Type Boeing 747 Jumbo freighter from Frankfurt-Hahn. With a cargo capacity of about 110 tonnes per machine, a wide variety of freight will then be transported to Johannesburg via Accra and to Hong Kong via Bahrain.

"With its particularly customer-friendly 24-hour operation and with a very attractive price structure compared with our present airport location at Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has been successfully able to meet the particular operational challenges of our planned night flights", says Joachim Klecha, British Airways World Cargo's Regional Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, about the change. "Possible synergies with the parent company, Fraport AG, where we also operate, were a further incentive", continues Klecha. Of course, the central economic location in the middle of Europe and the short distances from the apron to the road, as well as the flexibility and promptness of the airport staff, also numbered amongst the criteria, which finally brought success for Frankfurt-Hahn.

"With British Airways World Cargo as one of the ten largest cargo airlines in the world, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is strengthening its second means of support, that of air cargo. I anticipate a noticeable boost for the regional economy and the job market", said the Rhineland Palatinate Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Transport, Hans-Artur Bauckhage. A number of new jobs will be created by the arrival of British Airways World Cargo. The air cargo industry is thus an important motivator for the economic development of a country, as it makes it more attractive for foreign investors.

Naturally, Fraport AG, as the parent company and main owner of Frankfurt-Hahn with currently 73.07 percent, will also play a decisive role in this regard. "Since Fraport AG came on the scene in 1998, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has undergone a dynamic development. The former American military base has not only been successful with the unique low-cost concept, but freight traffic is also becoming more and more important. With today's start by Brit-ish Airways World Cargo at Hahn, we are well on the way to establishing our international competitiveness in this area too", says Professor Dr. Manfred Schölch, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fraport AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH.

"We are particularly pleased that British Airways World Cargo has given us precedence over Cologne/Bonn. What really counts in the market is a coherent concept and a sensitivity to the requirements of the customers", says Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. "The sensitivity of the airlines to prices is continuously increasing – only the airport, which can guarantee maximum service at low cost without putting itself in the red, can win", adds Andreas Helfer, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport's Commercial Director. In order to be profitable, only that which the customer needs is built, and at low cost.

The smooth handling of the freight operation at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is taken care of by the dedicated staff of the airport company along with the partner organisation, ACL – Advanced Cargo Logistic GmbH, which started operations in November 2000. "We have been impressing our well-known cargo clients for nearly four years with our mix of experience and opera-tional readiness. We are there for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our unique concept is the combination of high-tech and competence. The customer is guaranteed security and quality to an international standard. We meet the special requirements of cargo with an exactly tailored, high-tech cargo system. We offer our customers a comprehensive range of products including document handling, loading and unloading of lorries, consolidation and palletisation of freight, customs clearance, short-term and professional interim storage, e.g. of perishable goods, hazardous products and radioactive material. The direct access to the apron from ACL is of particular importance to our customers. This guarantees short distances between optimum loading and unloading", says Ute Rabenberg, Business Manager of ACL at Hahn, looking forward to the new assignments for British Airways World Cargo. In March 2001, the company opened the Air Cargo Logistics Centre directly on the apron, which is one of the most modern air cargo processing centres in Europe.

The forecast by Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH for the total freight traffic this year is about 180,000 tonnes, including road feeder service. Additional apron positions, mainly for large volume freighters, are planned for this year. Across the whole of Germany, the tenth largest international passenger airport is maintaining its cargo position stable at Number Four. In the meantime, Hahn is in 20th place in Europe and Number 91 worldwide. Well-known cargo airlines such as Aeroflot, Air France, MNG Airlines, Iran Air, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian and Air Armenia have been based at Hahn for some years.

Further information can be found on British Airways World Cargo at www.baworldcargo.com, on Frankfurt-Hahn Airport at www.hahn-airport.de and on ACL at www.cargo-logistic.de.

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