|IATA: HHN – ICAO: EDFH|
|Operator||Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH|
|Focus city for||Ryanair|
|Elevation AMSL||1,649 ft / 503 m|
Frankfurt–Hahn Airport (German: Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn, IATA: HHN, ICAO: EDFH) is a minor international 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 actually closer to the German cities of Koblenz at about 70 km (43 mi) and Mainz at about 90 km (56 mi). The addition of Frankfurt to its name, however, is not an invention of low-cost carriers as is the case with some other airports – Frankfurt-Hahn is the airport's official name as it positioned itself as an alternative to Frankfurt Airport for low-cost and cargo traffic. During the 2000s it was owned by Fraport, which also operates Frankfurt Airport.
During the Cold War the Airport was a frontline NATO facility known as Hahn Air Base, and 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 still frequently used for military charters, these flights being operated by, amongst others, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Development into a low-cost airport
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, which primarily runs Frankfurt Airport, the aim being to reduce the amount of traffic using that airport. However, in 2009 Fraport sold its 65% Frankfurt–Hahn shares for €1 including debt of €120 million to the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate.
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.
In 2013, Etihad Cargo announced the relocation of their cargo operations from Hahn to Frankfurt Airport which caused a downturn for the airport as Etihad was one of the most important customers. Additionally, Ryanair announced the cancellation and reduction of several routes for summer 2014 as three of nine based aircraft are removed.
In January 2014 it has been announced that the airport has accumulated debts of €125 million while passenger and cargo traffic are decreasing. Due to these figures a closure of the airport within the next ten years is not excluded. As of March 2015, the owners, the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, started to search a buyer for the indebted airport.
Also in March 2015, Yangtze River Express announced to cease their cargo operations at Frankfurt–Hahn Airport in favour of a relocation to Munich Airport. Thereby, Frankfurt-Hahn lost its largest freight customer and four cargo destinations. Months earlier, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot already ceased their cargo operations at the airport as well. By July 2015, the airport's handled freight numbers dropped by 36 percent.
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 are a frequent problem at the airport, especially during autumn and winter.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Frankfurt–Hahn Airport:
|Ryanair||Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Cagliari, Comiso, Dublin, Edinburgh, Féz, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Kerry, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Málaga, Marrakesh, Nador, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Plovdiv (ends 23 October 2015), Porto, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Trapani, Treviso, Valencia, Vilnius
Seasonal: Alghero, Chania, Faro, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Montpellier, Pula, Reus, Santander, Tampere, Zadar
|Wizz Air||Budapest, Gdańsk, Katowice, Skopje, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timişoara, Tuzla, Vilnius|
|MyCargo Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||Amsterdam, Milan-Malpensa, Tokyo-Narita|
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
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 coach operators that run regular services to Frankfurt am Main (1 h 45 min, via Frankfurt 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).
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Media related to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EDFH at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for HHN at Aviation Safety Network