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Press article fom  27.11.2006

New Cargo Terminal Opening at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

After being under construction for a mere six months, the new Bucher Cargo Centre started operating in the North Cargo Area of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. This 6,800-sqm cargo terminal, which includes a modern office building, has direct access to the airport's new apron and is an essential addition to its infrastructure.

The terminal's investor is Bucher Group, a medium-sized corporate group, which has been doing business at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport since 1993. The investment in the building, constructed in accordance with the latest air safety regulations, amounts to around six million euros. The terminal and the entire grounds are monitored by camera and meet the safety demands of its international customers. Special technical facilities include both an integrated freezer room as well as a refrigerated area for perishables. Now that the new terminal is starting operations, it will be possible to handle cargo with a much greater orientation toward service. The modern office building has around 1,400 square meters of space, is air-conditioned and will be occupied primarily by airlines and handling companies.

On these premises, Bucher's subsidiary Hahn Cargo Services GmbH (HCS) will mainly be handling orders from Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS), a subsidiary of Fraport AG. In 2006, the second year HCS has been in business, the company is expected to move approx. 36,000 metric tons of air cargo. Development is strongly aimed upward. This also shows up in the number of HCS employees, which is going to rise from twenty in early 2006 to around fifty by the end of the year. "I expect our new terminal to reach the limit of its capacity as early as next year. We figure that we will handle approx. 85,000 to 90,000 metric tons; for this amount, we will then need eighty employees, whom we will basically recruit from the region!" says Gerhard Bucher.

A total of around 85,000 metric tons of air cargo went through Frankfurt-Hahn Airport from January to October 2006. That is 18 percent more than the previous year. Frankfurt-Hahn is the fourth-largest cargo airport in Germany.

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