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Press article fom  27.10.2003

Now even more low-cost flights over German skies

Berlin, 27 October 2003. The Italian low-cost airline Volareweb.com and its partner airports of Berlin-Schönefeld and Frankfurt-Hahn announced today, at a press conference in Berlin, the launch of the new internal link between Hahn und Berlin, which was inaugurated at Hahn in the Rhineland-Palatinate on 26 October 2003. The regional travel office Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH was represented and hopes to see a tremendous rise in the number of visitors to the area, especially in day- and weekend travellers. Volareweb.com is now offering its passengers, with the start of the 2003/2004 winter timetable, a daily service at attractively low prices between the two German airports from 19.99 euro one way plus taxes and charges.

Edgardo Badiali, commercial director for the Volare Group, was today pleased to announce a promising new low-fare flight service between the German state capital and the airport of Frankfurt-Hahn in the Rhineland-Palatinate. In the company of Andreas Helfer, director of Flughafen Frank-furt-Hahn GmbH, Burkhard Kieker, project spokesperson for the Berlin airports, and Dr. Achim Schloemer, director of Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, the expansion plans were presented in Berlin.

“Another milestone has been laid,“ said Edgardo Badiali. “We are not only the first low-cost airline to connect Frankfurt-Hahn to the federal capital, but by the same token are also providing our Berlin passengers with even more opportunities to spend low-cost holidays in Europe.“ The flights of Volareweb.com between Berlin and Hahn will only cost 45.77 euro* per person one way, inclusive of all taxes and charges.” The Italian budget airline, he said, would also be using Frankfurt-Hahn as a transfer airport for flights to Venice and Brindisi. “For these destinations, too, our fares are especially low,“ Badiali added.

Volareweb.com has already been flying very successfully since the end of March 2003 from Frankfurt-Hahn to these popular Italian areas. It is from Frankfurt-Hahn that, since the start of the service until October 2003, over 19,100 passengers have taken advantage of the attractive fares of the first Italian low-cost airline, which was formed in Italy as a brand of Volare Airlines on 5 February 2003. In comparison, over approx. 15,000 passengers have travelled from Italy to Frankfurt-Hahn. Volareweb.com has now been operating in Berlin-Schönefeld since 26 October 2003, providing flights daily to Frankfurt-Hahn, Milan, Rome, Venice and Brindisi.

For Frankfurt-Hahn airport itself this first internal German link is a high point in its development. “The low-cost concept is gaining round in Germany at an unstoppable rate,“ Andreas Helfer, director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, believes. Just to see Berlin as a destination on the timetable of the first low-cost airport in Germany is in itself a sight for sore eyes. In Helfer’s opinion, Frankfurt-Hahn airport can expect to see a tremendous increase in the numbers of passengers as a result of this service since it is the only one in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

“In particular, we are expecting a significant demand from price-conscious business travellers who have meetings to attend in the Rhine-Main area or Saar-Lor-Lux region. The flight times are ideally suited to this target group.” Moreover, these regions can be comfortably reached with the 72 bus connections each day from Frankfurt-Hahn or by the inexpensive hire cars of well-known rental firms via the advanced motorway system. According to Helfer, the importance of day and weekend tourists to the Rhineland-Palatinate, the most popular holiday area in Germany, should not be over-looked either.

Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH welcomes the new direct link of the Italian airline Volareweb.com from Berlin to the Rhineland-Palatinate. “The short flying distance between the airports of Berlin-Schönefeld and Frankfurt-Hahn is ideal for short breaks and longer trips to the main towns on the Rhine and Lahn, Nahe, Mosel and Ahr, to Rheinhessen, Westerwald, the Hunsrück, Eifel and Palatinate regions,“ Dr. Achim Schloemer, director of Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, believes. In his view, the Rhineland-Palatinate offers his guests from Berlin an extraordinarily diverse range of attractions: the variation between the idyllic river landscapes and rustic semi-mountainous regions, historical cities such as Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Worms and Speyer, six famous wine regions and countless romantic cas-tles constitute the charm of this holiday area.

More information can be obtained online at www.volareweb.com, www.hahn-airport.de, www.berlin-airport.de or www.rlp-info.de.

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