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Press article fom  27.06.2001

Bauckhage: Pleasing development continues / Frankfurt-Hahn shows itself to be a stable business location

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 27 June 2001. “Extremely pleasing” is how the Rhineland–Palatinate Minister for Economic Affairs, Hans-Artur Bauckhage, describes the continuing positive development of job positions located at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. As reported today by the airport company, the number of people employed has risen by 23 percent in comparison with the previous year. 1,575 jobs were counted in May 2001 whereas there were only 1,278 in May last year. 1,328 jobs are in the commercial area and 247 men and women work in public service. There are 263 people employed by the airport company itself.

78 percent of the positions are full-time, 19 percent are part-time and minor jobs and three percent of the positions are for trainees. The number of people undergoing training has almost doubled in comparison with the previous year. Minister Bauckhage sees the high increase in training positions as a sign of the healthy basis of the companies established at Hahn. “Frankfurt-Hahn is proving itself to be a stable business location that has been able to show an increase in job positions in spite of a reduction in cargo flights by Malaysia Airlines.” The number of jobs has increased by fifteen from January to May 2001.

The development in the air traffic figures also gives reason for satisfaction. “After the frantic growth of the previous year a more peaceful tempo has now set in”, says Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. From January to May 2001, 167,255 passengers were counted at Frankfurt-Hahn. This is 53 percent more than in the same period last year. In the whole of 1999 there were just 140,706 passengers. At 14,109 tonnes of pure airfreight, the cargo figures are less than the previous year’s figures for the first time, however they are 56 percent up on the results for 1999. “The reasons for this are, on the one hand, the reduction in cargo flights by Malaysia Airlines, who up to now have been our largest customer, but also due to a general weakness in the economic situation in the air freight sector at the moment,” explains Jörg Schumacher. “However, we are looking very confidently to the future.”

In total, about 100 organisations have settled in the business location of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and offer a wide spectrum of different services from the Call-Center via the Travel Agency and Car Rentals right up to Air Cargo Handling.

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