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Press article fom  04.06.2009

Frankfurt-Hahn ready for cargo customers

Free capacity, extremely short apron distances, as a result rapid processing and, above all, no ban on night flights: the positive aspects of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for cargo customers are already familiar to many haulage contractors and cargo airlines. Cargo aircraft take off and land at Hahn every day without restrictions or time delays. In the face of discussion relating to the ban on night flights at Frankfurt Airport, Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director (Spokesman) of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, has summarised the advantages of his airport in a letter to the German Haulage Contractors and Logistics Association.

"Of course, our prosperous airport at Frankfurt-Hahn cannot replace Frankfurt Rhine-Main Airport", writes Schumacher to Heiner Rogge, Chief Executive Officer of the Deutsche Speditions- und Logistikverband e.V. (German Haulage Contractors and Logistics Association). "But Frankfurt-Hahn has many advantages compared with the unfortunately often overloaded airport at Frankfurt/Main." These will soon include the last few kilometres of an excellent link to the Rhine-Main region and high-speed routes to Benelux. Schumacher continues: "You do not find distraught cargo pilots circling in the sky because the runway at Hahn is overloaded – which has been extended in line with demand to 3,800 m. Another plus that should not be underestimated is the tremendous support Frankfurt-Hahn Airport enjoys amongst the population."

Schumacher's letter was prompted by statements made by logistics representatives to the aviation press club in Frankfurt/Main. These referred to the millions invested by logistics companies in Frankfurt/Main in the light of the threatened ban on night flights. The report on the event stated verbatim that "Frankfurt, the number one freight transhipment centre in Europe, cannot be replaced by airports such as Hahn, Leipzig or Cologne/Bonn."

In his letter to the German Haulage Contractors and Logistics Association, Schumacher referred to the fact that night flights were already no problem at Frankfurt-Hahn. There were no restrictions. According to Schumacher, Frankfurt-Hahn is highlighted in the federal government's recently adopted airport concept as a significant cargo airport, not least for this reason. Both the federal government and the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate have agreed to the further development of Frankfurt-Hahn.

As recently as 12th May 2009, Rhineland-Palatinate's Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture, Hendrik Hering, endorsed the state government's intention to continue to make substantial investments in Frankfurt-Hahn. A significant part of its future concept is to turn the airport into a major cargo hub. In the letter to Heiner Rogge, Schumacher emphasised that the Frankfurt-Hahn airport company, together with the state government and private investors, would continue to make every effort to offer the logistics and haulage industry conditions which were undoubtedly among the best in Germany.

Jörg Schumacher invited Heiner Rogge to Frankfurt-Hahn to form his own impressions of the promising Hunsrück airport and to jointly seek solutions which would further assist the logistics industry, even with the difficult conditions at Frankfurt/Main.

In his letter to Rogge, Schumacher says: "When proceedings start before the higher administrative court in Kassel, the ban on night flights at Frankfurt-Main will become an even more explosive topic. Whatever the outcome, this decision will, however, also clarify the future for the industry which you most successfully represent."

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