Frankfurt Hahn Airport
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Frankfurt Hahn Airport is an international airport located 115km west of Frankfurt am Main, serving the surrounding Rhineland-Palatinate region in Germany. The airport opened for commercial operations in 1993 and has experienced solid growth in recent years, developing as a key cargo hub in Germany and an important destination for low-cost carriers. Ryanair has a base at Frankfurt Hahn and is the largest carrier. Air Cargo Germany is also based at the airport.
Location of Frankfurt Hahn Airport, Germany
Ground Handlers servicing Frankfurt Hahn Airport
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Germany is Europe’s number two aviation market (after the UK) by seats. However, although Ryanair is Germany’s third largest carrier, its share of seats there is only about 6%. It has a 14% share of capacity across all its markets and a significantly higher share in other major countries such as Italy, Spain and the UK. This under-representation in Germany may be about to change.
Although high charges at the main hubs and a well-organised main competitor have hindered Ryanair’s growth in Germany, it has shown at bases such as Duesseldorf Weeze and Frankfurt Hahn that it can build a dominant position.
Now, just as that competitor is focusing inwardly on its own restructuring, Ryanair is opening 47 routes from Germany in 2013, including three new airports. Looking further ahead, it has declared that it is in talks with 20 German airports with a view to adding five or six to its route network. We assess Ryanair’s current position and prospects in Germany, including consideration of which airports might attract it.
Germany’s two largest airline groups, Lufthansa and Air Berlin, have announced wide-ranging measures to either preserve profitability, in the case of the former, or restore profitability, as they grapple with a gloomy regional economic outlook. Air Berlin, sandwiched between the low-cost and full-service space, will reduce its exposure to the struggling German leisure segment, which has been on a downward spiral all year.
Germany, the de facto leader of the European Union and a major underwriter of the bailout packages as a large holder of European sovereign debt, has been hit with renewed, and increasing, recession fears. German investor confidence fell to its lowest in more than 2.5 years in Sep-2011, the ZEW Center for European Economic Research said on 20-Sep-2011.
The European Union plans to launch “in-depth investigations” into state aid granted to German and French airports and used to subsidise services from low-cost carriers. State aid is generally forbidden under EU law, but it is permitted for smaller airports, handling up to five million passengers p/a, in order to boost the economy of less developed regions. The European Commission has said it has "doubts whether the subsidies are necessary" and "whether the aid was proportionate".
Ryanair may have to repay millions of euros as Germany’s highest court ruled fees it has received to operate from airports may amount to subsidies in breach of EU competition rules. Lufthansa and airberlin have been awarded the right to pursue legal action accordingly. Together with the other difficulties the Irish airline faces in Germany could this be the beginning of the end for its operations there? Or might there be even more significant outcomes?
Ryanair has been cancelling or suspending services at a wide range of airports across Europe, including in countries where it is growing. Is there any discernible strategy here or is it no more than coincidence, as a result of too many disagreements with airports? What future prospects are there for smaller airports when Ryanair decides to quit?
Ryanair has raised its full year profit outlook with the carrier now expecting to exceed the upper end of its previous forecast range of EUR350 million to EUR375 million, to report a profit of EUR380-400 million subject to 4Q yields. Based on forward bookings in the current quarter, traditionally the weakest for European carriers, Ryanair anticipates that winter (H2) yields will exceed its previous forecast, with full year yields now anticipated to be at the upper end of the +5% to +10% range which was previously indicated – ie close to 10%.
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