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Press article fom  23.02.2001

A branch with enormous opportunities for growth

Newly founded handling company puts logistics building at Hahn Airport into operation

Flughafen Hahn, 23 February 2001. Hahn Cargo Handling GmbH, founded in November 2000, formally opened its logistics building on Friday. A prominent guest speaker was the Rhineland-Palatinate Minister for Economic Affairs, Hans-Artur Bauckhage, who in his speech praised the far-sightedness of the new service provider at Hahn Airport.

After a preparation phase of planning and negotiation of about two years, the fledgling entrepreneurs Christian, Edmund and Matthias Schmitz founded the cargo handling company at Hahn Airport within the scope of the involvement of the Mainz logistics company, G. L. Kayser. “Our objective is to have a presence at the fourth largest cargo airport in Germany and to offer a full range of logistical services both for the airlines and for potential customers in the region”, explains Edmund Schmitz. For this purpose, the company has purchased a site at Hahn Airport with a building of around 6,500 square metres, which was erected in 1997.

The work of Hahn Cargo Handling GmbH consists mainly in pallet construction for export, breaking open of import goods and the production of all the necessary documents. Pallets and alternatively packaged goods must be specially packed on special pallets for transportation by air with belts and wrappings appropriate to the particular type of aircraft. If goods arrive at Hahn by air then the process is reversed. After receipt, the goods are separated – broken open – and packed to suit the requirements of the subsequent shipment by lorry.

There are already 70 employees working for the service undertaking at the present time. In order to be able to cope with the rapid growth at Hahn Airport – already several airlines are being served – the company’s planning assumes about 100 employees during the course of this year and about 150 employees in the year 2003.

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