|IATA: HHN – ICAO: EDFH
|Operator||Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,649 ft / 503 m|
- For the NATO Military use of this facility, see Hahn Air Base
Frankfurt–Hahn Airport (German: Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn) (IATA: HHN, ICAO: EDFH) is a commercial airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town of Kirchberg and 20 km (12 mi) from the town of Simmern in the Rhein-Hunsrück district of Rhineland-Palatinate to the west of central Germany. Despite its name, the airport is virtually equidistant between Frankfurt and Luxembourg—about 120 km (75 mi) to each city (by road); it is closer to Koblenz (about 70 kilometres or 43 miles) and Mainz (about 90 kilometres or 56 miles).
Despite some opinions, the addition of Frankfurt to its name is not an invention of low-cost carriers as it is the case with some other airports. Frankfurt-Hahn is the airports legal official name.
During the Cold War Frankfurt–Hahn Airport was a frontline NATO facility known as Hahn Air Base. Hahn Air Base was the home of the United States Air Force 50th Fighter Wing (in various designations) for most of those years as part of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). It was one of several USAFE bases in Germany (Zweibrücken, Ramstein, Sembach, Bitburg, Spangdahlem, and Rhein-Main) all within 100 kilometres (62 mi) of each other. Beyond their location in the heart of US troop concentrations, these air bases were well situated to reach all locations within Europe and the Mediterranean region.
On 30 September 1993, most of Hahn Air Base was turned over to civil German authorities. The USAF retained a small portion as a communications site until 2012. It is also frequently used for military charters, these flights being operated by, amongst others, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
The German government decided to turn the former airfield into a civil airport. One of the main investors in the development of the new Frankfurt–Hahn Airport was Fraport AG, which primarily runs Frankfurt International Airport, the aim being to reduce the amount of traffic using that airport. In 2009 Fraport AG sold its 65% Frankfurt–Hahn shares for €1 including debt of €120 million to the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate.
Hahn charges its airline operators less due to its remote location. This has made the airport popular with low-cost carriers, especially Ryanair which uses the airport as a major base. Hahn also serves as a major cargo airport, the fifth largest in Germany. The world record for heaviest single-piece of air cargo, a 189.98 metric tonne generator for a gas power plant in Armenia, was set on a cargo flight departing from Hahn in 2009 using the Antonov 225.
The airport consists of one passenger and one cargo terminal. The passenger terminal is equipped with some shops and restaurants, for example a branch of McDonald's. The apron features eleven stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 which are reached by walk-boarding. The cargo apron features three stands for large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8F.
Frankfurt–Hahn has a long runway of 3,800 metres (12,467 ft) in the direction of 03/21. This combined with a large apron allows it to handle some of the world's biggest aircraft such as the Antonov An-124 or the Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter, both types being frequent visitors. It has an Instrument Landing System available to both sides, with runway 21 being category 3 approved; low visibility conditions being a frequent problem at the airport, especially during autumn and winter.
Airlines and destinations
|Ryanair||Alghero (begins 1 April 2014), Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna (begins 30 March 2014), Cagliari, Dublin, Edinburgh (begins 1 April 2014), Faro (begins 30 March 2014), Féz, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gothenburg (begins 31 March 2014), Gran Canaria, Jerez (begins 1 April 2014), Kaunas, Kerry, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Málaga, Marrakech, Montpellier, Moss/Rygge, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Plovdiv, Pisa, Porto, Reus, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Santiago de Compostela, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tallinn, Tampere, Tanger, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Trapani, Treviso, Valencia, Warsaw-Modlin
Summer seasonal: Bologna, Chania, Corfu, Ibiza, Kos, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka, Santander, Volos, Zadar
|Wizz Air||Budapest, Katowice, Skopje (begins 19 April 2014), Sofia, Târgu Mureș|
|MyCargo Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||Amsterdam, Milan-Malpensa, Tokyo-Narita|
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
|Yangtze River Express||Shanghai–Pudong|
Frankfurt–Hahn Airport is almost equidistant from Frankfurt and Luxembourg—the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt main railway station) being 123 km from the airport and Gare Centrale Luxembourg (Luxembourg central railway station) being 118 km from the airport.
Hahn is served by a number of (mostly) private bus operators that run regular services to Frankfurt am Main (1 h 45 min, via Frankfurt International Airport, Terminal 2), Cologne (2 h 15 min), Luxembourg (1 h 45 min) and a number of other cities in western Germany and the region.
The airport has no railway station (it used to have a freight-railway connection). The nearest train station is in Traben-Trarbach (20 km by road, 10 km as the crow flies), the terminus of the Pünderich–Traben-Trarbach railway. The nearest long-distance railway stations are Bullay (15 km to the NW, on the Koblenz–Trier–Saarbrücken line), and Idar-Oberstein (26 km south), Kirn (22 km SE) and Bad Sobernheim (30 km SE), all on the Mainz–Bad Kreuznach–Saarbrücken line. Frequent buses also run to the main railway station of nearby cities, the closest being Mainz (1 h 10 min, 60 km or 37 mi to the east) and Koblenz (1 h 5 min, 50 km NE).
Hahn is fairly well reachable by road, the nearest Autobahn (Highway) connections are approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the west (A 1) or east (A 61). Parking and car rental are available at the airport.
- News Release No. 811-11: DOD Announces Return of Facilities in Germany, 22 Sep 2011 – DOD News Release 22 Sep 2012
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- Hahn–Airport official website – Press release August 12, 2009.
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Media related to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site
- Current weather for EDFH at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for HHN at Aviation Safety Network