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Press article fom  26.01.2006

Higher Administrative Court Allows Partial Use of Extended Runway

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, January 26, 2006. In a further rush decision, the Higher Administrative Court of Rhineland-Palatinate in Coblenz allowed on January 23, 2006, an amendment from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport – independent of the pending main proceedings – to use a part of the ex-tended runway, insofar as this requires no further clearing of land. The partial length of 3,500 meters in the secondary direction and 3,300 meters in the main direction may now be used. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is thus submitting an application to the civil aviation authorities in charge – Landesbetrieb Straßen und Verkehr Rheinland-Pfalz – for an operating permit to use the new section, which is expected sometime next week. In the main proceedings, the use of the entire runway extension of 3,800 me-ters is still awaiting a decision, which depends on the lawsuit brought by BUND environmental organization on the subject of the barbastelle bat.

"This piece of progress is very important to our expansion plans," says Jörg Schumacher, Speaker of the Management of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport GmbH. Above all, this provisional solution of being able to use a part of the 3500-meter runway in the secondary direction (northeast) and 3,300 meters in the main direction (southwest) is in the interest of more economic efficiency in cargo traf-fic and of immense importance to the customers of this Hunsrück-based airport. It will not only more optimally secure the demand of American aviation companies for intercontinental passenger and freight traffic, but will also fulfill the expectations of existing and potential customers much better than was the case in the past.

The development of the airport's business requires a further decision on the application for use of the 3,800-meter runway extension, which must still be clarified in the main proceedings before the Higher Administrative Court of Coblenz.

Aircraft will not be able to start taking off and landing on the new section of runway until the operating permit from the LSV – Landesbetrieb Straßen und Verkehr, Referat Luftverkehr, Rheinland-Pfalz – has been duly received. This permit is expected in the course of the coming week.

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