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Press article fom  04.09.2009

Hahn invests 5.5 million in terminal extension

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is to invest 5.5 million euros in the extension of its terminal. "The decision made by the supervisory board realises an important stage in the concept behind the future further development of Hahn and enables considerable improvements in revenue by creating additional marketing opportunities", says Minister for Economic Affairs Hendrik Hering. The airport is also pleased to announce yet another record number of passengers for the month of August.

The minister continues, "Redevelopment work on the terminal will start in 2009". Within the space of a year the terminal is to be made even more efficient and comfortable. Shorter distances, a clear layout, better channelling of passengers and more space and additional income opportunities through better use of the sales areas are the four major advantages promised by the planned extension, now fully approved. With an investment of 5.5 million euros the cost of construction is over 50% below all other plans discussed under the management of former majority owner Fraport, who reckoned with a budget of almost 12 million euros.

"With this extension we are preparing Hahn for a profitable future", says Hering. Low-cost flying will continue to gain acceptance in Germany, with the Hunsrück airport a low-price flight provider like none other. The refurbishing project guarantees up-to-the-minute extension of the airport at a much lower cost, claims the minister.

According to Airport Manager Jörg Schumacher, on extension the airport will be able to process up to five million passengers. "As the building work will only take nine to twelve months and no makeshift measures are necessary, the terminal will remain in full operation for the duration."

The company intends to 'gut' the airport terminal that has been extended time and again over the years and to optimise it – while paying due attention to the demands of the existing low-cost operating concept. In future there will just be one central access area for departures which will continue to contain the catering outlets, shops and car hire desks. The security zone beyond the security desks will be enlarged to cope with the growing number of passengers. Once extended, this section of the airport will also have more retail space and a larger catering area.

There was also a considerable increase in the number of passengers using Hahn in August. At 434,637 passengers, a plus of 12,096, the result for this month was almost 3% up on August 2008 (with 422,541 passengers). This makes August the month with the highest number of passengers that the airport has ever had in its history. There were also a record number of passengers for July, with an increase of 0.5% compared to July of last year. "These figures prove that Hahn is undergoing a good development. The extension will only serve to boost this positive trend", says Minister Hering.

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