Insolvent Hahn Airport hires new staff

Ryanair at Frankfurt Hahn Airport (Photo: Frankfurt Hahn Airport).
Ryanair at Frankfurt Hahn Airport (Photo: Frankfurt Hahn Airport).

Insolvent Hahn Airport hires new staff

Ryanair at Frankfurt Hahn Airport (Photo: Frankfurt Hahn Airport).
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The insolvent Hunsrück Airport Hahn is looking for new employees.

The airport told the German Press Agency that several employees are to be hired in operational and ground handling services. An air traffic controller and a controller as well as other experts would also be wanted. There are also two apprenticeship positions to be filled. The spokesman for the insolvency administrator, Jan Markus Plathner, explained that six new employees had been hired in various areas since the beginning of the year.

"Flight operations at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport have developed positively, both in terms of passage and freight," the spokesman said. In airport circles it was said that the business, which picked up in the Corona relaxation and in the spring, made it possible to hire new staff despite the insolvency. According to the airport association ADV, Hahn freight throughput in the first quarter of 2022 was down on the same period last year. The number of passengers increased dramatically after the corona restrictions were lifted, but was still noticeably below the figure for the first quarter of 2019 before the pandemic. The former military airport currently has around 430 employees.

The insolvency administrator has still not commented on the names and concepts of potential buyers for Hahn Airport. He also did not provide any information about the employees who are suspected in the long-running investigations by the Koblenz public prosecutor's office. It is about the suspicion of gang-like infidelity, subsidy fraud and delay in bankruptcy.

According to the public prosecutor's office, they are now investigating "against six suspects, namely five managers from six companies working on the Hahn and one business partner". The length of the process is still unclear.

The airport in the Hunsrück, which is called Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for marketing reasons, filed for bankruptcy in October 2021. The Chinese group HNA, which has also been ailing in the meantime, acquired 2017 percent of the airport from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 15 for around 82,5 million euros. Hesse still holds 17,5 percent.

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