Application for an operating license for Hahn Airport is still pending

Gut two and a half months after the sale of the insolvent Hunsrück Airport Hahn, the buyers have not yet applied for a permit for flight operations. The State Office for Mobility (LBM) Rhineland-Palatinate, as the aviation and air security authority, informed the German Press Agency that it has not received any inquiries so far.

Of the Airport Hahn went bankrupt in October 2021 and was sold to Swift Conjoy GmbH in Frankfurt at the end of June 2022 for an undisclosed sum. The state of Hesse still holds a minority stake of 17.5 percent. Swift Conjoy GmbH did not comment on request for the time being. The spokesman for the insolvency administrator Jan Markus Plathner explained: "The purchase will only be completed after the approval has been granted." Usually, the money only flows after such a purchase contract has become effective.

"Step by step"

The deputy chairman of the Hahn works council, Karl-Heinz Heinrich, said he was not concerned: "These are official matters. There can only be one step at a time.” Several authorities are involved in the approval of flight operations.

The airport with its current boss Rüdiger Franke is on the upswing again after the corona situation has eased, said Heinrich. "The development is very positive." This was also shown by the numerous job advertisements at the insolvent airport, which currently has around 400 employees. The badly hit Chinese conglomerate HNA sold its 82.5 percent stake in Hahn.

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