Press article fom 10.05.2005
''Hahn'' still on course for growth
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 10th May 2005. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Ger-many's first low-cost airport, continues to show improved figures in the passenger and cargo sectors. The passenger count for the months of January to March of this year came to 663,928, which represents an increase of 15 percent compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. The second means of support - air cargo - has also shown positive development: With just under 48,000 tonnes including road feeder traffic, nine percent more cargo was transshipped than in the first quarter of 2004. Pure airfreight exhibited a higher increase. Here, the rate of increase was 28 percent to almost 19,000 tonnes (just less than 15,000 tonnes in 2004). The number of commercial flight movements increased by five percent with 7,564 takeoffs and landings (7,230 in 2004).
This summer, passengers will fly from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to 27 destinations in ten European countries. The largest operator of scheduled flights continues to be the Irish airline, Ryanair, which alone services 23 destinations. The Irish airline has already announced further routes for the winter timetable. Porto in Portugal, Bratislava in Slovakia, Danzig on the Baltic Sea, and Rzeszów in southern Poland will be added from 30th October. Other low-cost airlines also fly from Hahn. These include Wizz Air, for example, which according to the airline, is the largest low-cost airline for Central and Eastern Europe, and has been offering four weekly flights to Budapest, Katowice and Warsaw since 27th March 2005. After operating for only one month, Wizz Air has announced an extension to its timetable from Frankfurt-Hahn. From the beginning of July, an additional flight to Katowice in Poland will appear on the summer timetable on Thursday of each week. From 21st May, IcelandExpress, Iceland's low-cost airline, will be launching three weekly flights to the capital, Reykjavik.
Second strong means of support - cargo
The cargo sector also continues to grow inexorably, thus enabling Germany's fourth-largest freight airport to continue to position itself stably as the ideal cargo centre in one of Europe's strongest economic regions. Freight transshipment of 220,000 tonnes including trucking is forecast for 2005. The main reason for success in the cargo sector is the continuing popularity with well-known cargo companies in the scheduled and charter flight sector, such as Air France, Aeroflot, Iran Air, Egypt Air, Royal Jorda-nian, Air Armenia and MNG Airlines, as well as newcomers British Airways World Cargo since September 2004 and Air New Zealand since April 2005.
The expansion of the airport infrastructure is also being pursued to keep pace with the traffic development. The planned extension of the runway from the current 3,045 metres to a total length of 3,800 metres was approved with the decision of 28.12.2004. Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH expects the extended runway to be put into operation, as originally planned, in the middle of 2006.
Furthermore, Terminals 1 and 2 will be combined to form one terminal with capacity for up to six million passengers, just in time for the summer holi-days. Even more shopping areas and restaurants will then be available to passengers from June.
Excavations are also being carried out on the apron in the cargo area for all they are worth. Here, along with a new ramp, new parking slots for wide-bodied aircraft, which are expected to come into operation in the middle of June, are also being built. In addition, the approach to the airport is being enlarged and improved, and is expected to be complete in the autumn of 2005.
Further information can be found at www.hahn-airport.de.
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