Planes are disappearing from Frankfurt-Hahn since the sale of the airport to China’s HNA Group.
Ryanair is reducing its number of planes based at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport “due to the weak economic performance” of the routes there, in the words of David O’Brien, chief commercial officer.
Europe’s largest budget airline will cut the aircraft based at Hahn, located 120 kilometres from the city, from five to four. Meanwhile, on March 25, four routes will be relocated to its expanding its base at Frankfurt’s main airport, namely Porto, Treviso/Venice, Valencia and Zadar in Croatia.
The four remaining planes at Hahn will fly 40 routes this summer season to destinations in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Morocco.
Last year, the Chinese conglomerate HNA Group bought an 82.5% stake in Frankfurt-Hahn from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Ryanair has complained about the airport charges it has to pay there.
The first Ryanair flights took off from Frankfurt Airport last summer, after a deal on charges was struck with the operator Fraport – angering Lufthansa, which has long used Frankfurt as a hub.
A few months ago, Ryanair revealed that it would fly to more new destinations from Frankfurt Airport as of the coming summer schedules and that it would station more planes there in the long term.