Press article fom 26.10.2009
Passenger development above national average for Germany
Hahn Airport, 26th October, 2009. In the first three quarters of 2009 2,971,522 passengers flew to or from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Despite this result being three percent below the corresponding figure for last year the airport in Rhineland-Palatinate is still above the national average for Germany. Compared to competitors such as Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich the decrease in the number of passengers at Hahn is relatively low thanks to the strong third quarter and particularly July and August, in which the airport clocked up a record number of passengers. "In the face of the current crisis we are satisfied with our passenger figures", says Wolfgang Pollety, Commercial director for Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH.
The airport has had to suffer greater drops in the amount of cargo processed. With 118,438 metric tonnes of cargo handled between January and September, the outcome is twelve percent below the previous year value. Jörg Schumacher, Management Spokesman of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, evaluates the launching of scheduled flights to China by Air Cargo Germany, based at Hahn Airport, very positive, as he does the regular connections to Frankfurt-Hahn recently set up by American airline National Air Cargo. "We expect that the weakness of the global economy will also make itself felt at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in the fourth quarter. Despite this we are still reckoning with a yearly result for both the cargo and passenger sectors that will only just be below that of the previous year", Schumacher continues.
Winter schedule with two new routes
The winter flight schedule went into force at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport on Sunday, 25th October 2009. Up until 28th March, 2010, Irish airline Ryanair, Hungarian airline Wizz Air and charter airline Fly Car will be servicing 42 destinations from Frankfurt-Hahn. Passengers can travel to a wide range of attractive destinations, with two new routes now included. From 27th October 2009, Ryanair is providing a twice-weekly link between Frankfurt-Hahn and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. On 26th October 2009, a new connection took off for Gran Canaria. Aircrafts leave the airport for this popular holiday island no less than five times a week. On Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays during the winter months Wizz Air will also depart from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for Katowice, a city about 70 kilometres / 40 miles away from Cracow. The airline has also announced that as of 22nd May 2010, it will be offering flights to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Tickets can be booked at www.wizzair.com. With Central European ski resorts increasingly suffering from a lack of snow, the guaranteed snowy slopes of Lapland provide a good alternative from December to April. Arvidsjaur is thus sheer paradise for winter sports enthusiasts! Further information on both the operator and bookings for this destination can be found on the Internet at www.fly-car.de
Extension of terminal sets course for further growth
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is to invest 5.5 million euros in the extension of its terminal. Work is to start before the year ends to make the terminal building even more efficient and comfortable. Shorter distances, a clearer layout, the bundling of the flow of passengers plus more space generating more business opportunities through better use of the sales area are the major advantages promised by the planned extension. 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. "This extension will set the course for further growth. On its completion the airport will be able to process up to five million passengers. Investing during times of crisis secures shares in the future growth of air traffic", claims the management of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. As the building work will only take about twelve months and no makeshift measures are necessary in the interim, the terminal will remain in full operation for the duration.
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