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Press article fom  28.04.2006

Continued Growth in Passengers and Cargo

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, April 28, 2006. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport's figures for the first quarter of this year are still on the growth trail. From January through March, Germany's first low-cost airport counted 702,164 passen-gers, an increase of 11 percent compared to last year. Germany's fourth-largest cargo airport also produced an increase in terms of airfreight: 63,955 tons – 37 percent more – were handled, including road feeder service. Flown airfreight tonnage rose 36 percent to 25,644 tons. The num-ber of flight movements rose 16 percent to 8,782. The forecast for 2006 calls for 3.5 million passengers and 245,000 tons of airfreight handled, including road feeder service.

Passenger Flights in summer 2006
A total of 32 destinations in 16 European countries will be available to Hahn passengers this summer with the low-cost airlines Ryanair, Wizz Air (from Hahn to Budapest, Katowice, and Warsaw), Iceland Express (new flights starting May 16 from Hahn to Reykjavik), and Blue Air (since March 31, 2006: Hahn - Bucharest).

Ryanair alone, Europe's pioneer and market leader in low-cost air travel, is of-fering 27 destinations in 13 countries in the summer of 2006 from Frankfurt-Hahn, its third-largest European hub at present. Starting in October 2006, nine new routes will be offered, raising the number of Ryanair destinations to 36. These will include for the first time vacation spots in North Africa – Fez and Mar-rakech in Morocco, Granada, and Murcia in Spain, Trieste and Verona in Italy, Krakow and Wroclaw in Poland, and Kaunas in Lithuania.

Further information on the airlines can be found at the following websites:

www.ryanair.de; www.wizzair.de; www.icelandexpress.de; www.blueair-web.com

Freight as a Pillar of Business
The commercially important airfreight pillar of business continues its unstoppa-ble ascent. At present, six scheduled cargo carriers fly from Hahn: Aeroflot Cargo (Hahn has been Aeroflot's European hub since 2002), Air France Cargo with air freight substitute traffic, Air Armenia, Egypt Air, MNG Airlines, and Quantas Freight.

In addition, the popular cargo airport receives regular visits from charter cargo carriers. Here Hahn is maintaining its position at the head of the pack furtehr in Germany by handling the largest series-built cargo aircraft in the world at the present time, the Antonov 124. This quarter, Frankfurt-Hahn has already regis-tered 32 flights by an AN124, which comes to 21 more than last year. These figures give reason to expect even greater growth in AN124 business in 2006: in 2000, only six AN124 flights were counted, while by 2005 this figure had climbed fifteen-fold to 91 AN124 flights.

More information available at www.hahn-airport.de.

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