Press article fom 14.01.2005
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 14 Jan 2005. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport can look back at another successful year. The traffic-volume growth rate continues in the double-digit range, meaning that the first German low-cost airport proceeds with its success.
Frankfurt-Hahn registered more than 2.76 million passengers during the elapsed operating year. In 2003, the figure was around 2.43 million. Thus, the passenger volume has increased by nearly 14 percent. 98 percent of the passengers flew scheduled service with low-cost airlines. The month with the heaviest traffic, with 274,476 passengers, was the holiday month of August.
The development in cargo proceeded on an especially heartening course: Frankfurt-Hahn Airport transported 66,145 tons of flown freight, 80 percent more than in the previous year. Including road feeder services, 191,114 tons of air cargo were transhipped; 20 percent more than in 2003. The best month was October with 19,124 tons.
The number of movements changed slightly by one percent: from 31,058 in 2003 to 31,484 in 2004. "This is an indication of the high loading rate and efficiency of the flights," explains Maria Horbert, press spokeswoman of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. "While the number of non-commercial starts and landings declined by ten percent, the amount of commercial traffic increased by five percent."
Frankfurt-Hahn Managing Director Jörg Schumacher appears quite satisfied with the results: "Despite a few setbacks during the past year, we have achieved a remarkable rate of growth. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal for the coming year as well. On 1st March, Ryanair will be stationing its sixth aircraft in Frankfurt-Hahn – that means 400,000 passengers per year. And, with the start of the summer flight schedule, the airline Wizzair will be commencing operations. We are expecting considerable numbers of passengers here, also."
"Furthermore, we will continue to focus on the airfreight traffic development," adds Andreas Helfer, also Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. "For which we urgently need the extension of the runway. The official construction approval was issued at the end of last year. We have already started preparing the construction field, so we can speedily implement the measures. Not only new, but also existing jobs depend on this. We are looking forward to the coming year with confidence!"
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