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Press article fom  16.09.2005

Five new routes and yet higher frequencies from Frankfurt-Hahn

Frankfurt-Hahn, September 16, 2005. Five new destinations and an average of 264 frequencies each week - an increase of 45 takeoffs and landings per week compared to last winter - will be on offer for price-conscious passengers from the first low-cost airport in Germany starting October 31. Ryanair will start flying for the first time to Gdansk and Rzeszow in Poland, Bratislava in Slovakia, Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Oporto in Portugal. Wizz Air is going to be increasing to five times per week its frequencies to the restless cities of Budapest and Warsaw - starting as early as September 18. From November to April this winter, the travel agent FlyCar is also going to start bringing snow-hungry vacationers to the far North – to Arvidsjaur in Lapland in northern Sweden. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is expecting around 3.5 million passengers this year. More information at www.hahn-aiport.de.

More Low-Cost Flights to the East
Ryanair, Europe's leading low-price airline, is focusing on East European destinations this winter: the Hahn winter flight schedule, which takes effect on October 31, shows the new destinations of Gdansk four days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun), Rzeszow in Poland on three days (Tue, Thu, Sat) and Bratislava in Slovakia every day of the week. In addition, this Irish low-cost airline will start flying for the first time from Frankfurt-Hahn to the popular Portuguese coastal town of Oporto and the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain at the Atlantic Ocean three days a week (Tue, Thu, Sat). Information and reservations at www.ryanair.com.

Wizz Air, the largest CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) based low-coast airline, will also be increasing its frequencies to the East. Starting as early as September 18, the restless capitals of Budapest and Warsaw will each be on the bill five times a week (one flight per week more) – Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, respectively, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From this Sunday, Wizz Air, as the first low-cost-airline entering the Bulgarian market, will also offer flights to Sofia: Flights will be three times a week (Sun, Tue, Thu) with a longer stop-over in Budapest – ideal to discover two blooming cities at one price. Flights to the Polish city of Katowice, around 80 km from Krakow, will still be running five times a week (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun). Wizz Air started on March 27 of this year with four flights per week from Frankfurt-Hahn, while Katowice already got an additional frequency in July. Low-cost tickets can be reserved at www.wizzair.com.

Far to the North
On a more melancholy note: the Icelandic low-cost airline Iceland Express will be taking a short break this winter in order to be able to start back in full strength with flights from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Reykjavik next spring. From 16th May 2006 Iceland Express will then start with four flights a week from Frankfurt-Hahn. Since the first flight on May 21, 2005, Iceland Express' three flights per week were able to chalk up an above-average capacity utilization of about 85 percent. Overall, around 14.000 passengers flew at cut rates to the land of the geysers up to September 18 - that is a resounding success for the first Icelandic low-cost airline, which has ambitious plans for the future. More information at www.icelandexpress.com.

Every year in winter – starting as early as the coming season – there will be flights to Arvidsjaur in Lapland in northern Sweden on offer from the charter airline and event organizer FlyCar, whose headquarters are in Oppenheim. From November to April passengers can get to this small town around 110 kilometers south of the Polar Circle every Monday and Friday. Wintertime fun is guaranteed by overnight stays at an ICE hotel, dogsled and snowmobile tours or ice fishing. Programs and information can be found on the internet at www.fly-car.de.

An average of 264 frequencies per week to 14 countries, 223 of these departures by low-cost airlines and various charter flights, will be available to price-conscious Hahn passengers in the 2005-2006 winter season. That means 45 takeoffs and landings per week more than last winter. The airport operator is forecasting around 3.5 million passengers for this year.

Further information can be found at www.hahn-airport.de.

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