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Press article fom  05.04.2006

Blue Air starts from Frankfurt-Hahn

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, April 5, 2006. Hardly had the summer flight schedule taken effect when the fourth low-cost airline began taking off from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Since March 31, 2006, Blue Air has been connecting Hahn with Bucharest. Three times each week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, a Boeing 737 takes off from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport heading for Bucharest-Baneasa International Airport, roughly ten kilometers away from the center of the Rumanian capital. Reservations can be made at www.blueair-web.com. Tickets for the flight, which takes a good two hours, are available from as low as € 1.00 one-way, plus charges.

"Our goal is to make flying to and from Rumania affordable. The earlier you book, the less the flight costs," explained Florentina Ivan, Marketing Manager of Blue Air. "The rates do not depend on a minimum length of stay or staying over a Sunday. The price of the ticket includes no additional services, such as on-board meals. Our principle is: you buy it only if you really need it."

Frankfurt-Hahn is the first German airport the Rumanian airline is flying to. "This route is our way of offering a cheap opportunity to get to know new destinations and cultures, and to do so at the lowest possible prices," Florentina Ivan continues. "Moreover, we expect a large number of business passengers to make use of our offer."

"We are very delighted that Blue Air has decided in favor of Frankfurt-Hahn," said Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director (Spokesman) of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, at a press conference at Hahn today. "Blue Air is a new, successful airline whose concept fits in well with ours." He said Hahn's position as a low-cost airport will be strengthened further. Schumacher also sees the new destination as an important addition to the existing route system, "Rumania is becoming more and more important as a destination for both business travelers and tourists." Blue Air, which incidentally is the only airline funded exclusively by Rumanian capital, was founded on December 13, 2004. It is the only low-cost company in Rumania, which has managed to win the trust of Rumanians in a relatively brief period of time. As Florentina Ivan puts it, "This is confirmed by the passenger figures. In the first year of operation, we had already conveyed more than 200,000 passengers at an aircraft utilization of more than 70 percent. Our sales amounted to more than € 21 million. This year, we are expecting 350,000 passengers." Blue Air is proud of its professionalism, its affordable prices and the trust passengers have placed in it – and all its services are now being offered to customers in the German market.

At present, Blue Air has three Boeing 737 Series 300 and 500 aircraft and is planning to purchase another new Boeing 737 by the end of the year. Its route network is comprised of flights from Rumania to twelve destinations in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and now Germany, with more than 70 flights per week.

The development of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, in which Fraport AG has a majority interest of 65 percent, is known as one of the biggest success stories of the past few years in the European air traffic market. By focusing on the low-price market in passenger traffic, Hahn has been able to establish itself as a low-cost airport in quite a short time. It now ranks among the eleven largest airports in Germany. This summer's schedule calls for an average of 247 flights per week to 32 destinations throughout Europe – that means 41 take-offs per week or six flights per day more than in the previous summer.

Information on Rumania as a travel destination is available from the Rumanian Tourism Office in 10787 Berlin, Budapesterstrasse 20a, Telephone +49 (30) 241-9041.

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