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Press article fom  13.01.2011

Cargo handling on the up and up

The dynamic growth of Frankfurt Hahn Airport continues. The airport in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate ended 2010 with not one but two personal records: with 5,779,096 traffic units the airport achieved its all-time best. Air freight in particular is still on the up and up; in 2010, 167,157 metric tonnes of air cargo (import and export, without transit) were handled here. In this sector Frankfurt Hahn Airport has thus experienced an increase of 55% as opposed to the previous year.

The steady growth at Hahn Airport is most noticeable if we take a look at what are known as traffic units. These units are used as a measure of the amount of traffic and are applied throughout the world. One traffic unit is either one passenger or 100 kg of freight. With 5,779,096 traffic units, in 2010 Hahn recorded a plus of 4.3% compared to 2009.

The most important source of growth at Frankfurt Hahn Airport is still the cargo business. The total volume of air freight shifted over the past year, including transit and the road feeder service, was 466,428 tonnes. This is also a record for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, trumping the result for 2009 by 45%.

As expected, the development in the number of passengers was below the 2009 figure with a drop of 8%. Over the past annum around 3.5 million passengers flew out of Hahn Airport; in 2009 this figure was 3.8 million. The number of flights in 2010 was around 37,000, signifying a decrease of 5% with reference to the previous year. The reasons for this are changes in flight routes, with more medium-range flights in place of short city hops and thus fewer flights in total, and temporary closure of the airport due to the cloud of volcanic ash in April and renewal of the runway in September.

Using the low-cost airlines Ryanair, Wizzair and Iceland Express travellers will be able to fly to around fifty destinations in 2011. Every day an average of nearly 10,000 passengers make use of Rhineland-Palatinate's successful international airport.

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