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Press article fom  20.06.2002

New Terminal Officially in Service

Frankfurt-Hahn airport, the 20th June 2002. Investment costs of around 6 million euros – Service-oriented visitors’ level on the upper floor with services from A as in Automobile hire to T for Tourist agencies – Frankfurt-Hahn now ranked 20th among the 36 German airports – Further improvement in the rankings envisaged for 2002 due to rising passenger figures

At Frankfurt-Hahn airport today the complete terminal extension was officially opened. Rhineland-Palatinate’s transport minister Hans-Arthur Bauckhage, Prof. Manfred Schölch, the chair of the supervisory board at Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, and Michael O’Leary, CEO at Ryanair, the airport’s biggest passenger airline customer, were the guest speakers at the opening ceremony.

Parts of the new complex were already brought into operation in April. The new section of the terminal houses the arrival area with arrival hall and baggage reclaim. The entire area of the former terminal, which was first opened in April 2000, will now be used for check-in and departure. Overall, the original building has been increased by an area of approx. 4,200 square metres. The investment costs were around six million euros. The extension was made over two floors. Two lightweight steel staircases provide access from the new arrival hall to the public area on the second level with its restaurant, hairdressing salon and various retail outlets. A visitor’s terrace offers a direct view of the apron. A total of 17 franchisees – mostly companies from the region - offer the increasing number of visitors and passengers an attractive range of services. In addition, a tourist information centre of the Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist Resorts and Spas Association provides advice on the opportunities open to tourists.

More than 5,000 passengers are currently using the terminal on a daily basis. All in all, the terminal has an annual capacity of some two million passengers. For 2002 the airport company is anticipating some 1.2 million passengers; in 2001 the figure was only 450,000. This will also mean a further climb up the league table of the 36 German commercial airports. If in 1997 Frankfurt-Hahn still found itself in last place, in 2001 it was already ranked 20th. In 2002 it is believed the airport will climb three to four places so as to possibly make it into the top ten by 2003.

This course of expansion is encouraged in no small way by the commissioning of the new "turnstile" of the Irish low-fares airline Ryanair in February 2002. Ryanair will be flying 30 flights to ten destinations a day. Already it has announced the stationing of more planes over the coming years. The traffic statistics have also been positively affected by numerous tourist charter flights: for example, to the Balearics, Turkey and Lourdes this summer.

The success is also reflected in the other economic figures. If in 1996 there were only 30 firms based at the airport, at the start of 2002 the figure had risen to 98. Parallel to this, the number of jobs rose from 350 to over 1,700. By the end of 2002 the expected figure is 1,800. This development is in keeping with the objectives associated with the extension of the airport. The whole of the region around the airport is profiting from the upswing. A large part of the terminal franchisees entail branches of regional companies. It was also chiefly firms from the region which were involved in the terminal extension project.

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