Frankfurt Hahn airport scraps terminal charges, Ryanair to stay
Frankfurt's Hahn airport has cancelled plans
to introduce a three-euro departure tax, the finance minister of the German
state of Rhineland Palatinate, Hendrik Hering, announced Monday, dpa reported.
As a result, Irish budget airline Ryanair, which had threatened to withdraw from Frankfurt Hahn if the proposal went ahead, has confirmed that its 11 aircraft will remain stationed at the airport.
Ryanair lists 50 destinations departing from Frankfurt on its website, including flights to Italy, Morocco and Slovakia.
The three-euro charge was aimed at improving the financial situation of the indebted airport, in which the states of Rhineland Palatinate and Hessen each have minority stakes.
Fraport AG, the majority stakeholder with holdings of 65 per cent, said Monday discussions were still ongoing about the future of the airport.
Ryanair will announce Tuesday its plans for services at Frankfurt Hahn, situated approximately 120 kilometres from the city of Frankfurt itself.