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Ryanair Eyes German Expansion, 5-6 More Airports

Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:13 pm

Ryanair's Michael O'Leary is in the news today here in Germany as Germany's largest broadsheet FAZ has done an interview with him. He is quoted with plans to significantly boost Ryanair's presence in Germany by adding 5 or 6 additional German airports to its route network. To achieve this, he claims that Ryanair is currently negotiationg with 20 airports. He also says that Ryanair does not intend to serve BER once it opens because of the high costs charged there.

Realistically, if he plans to serve an additional 5-6 airports, they must come from this list - as everything else would be too unrealisitc (FRA, MUC), too exotic even by Ryanair standards (GWT, HDF) or too overlapping with existing FR destinations (AOC):

HAM
HAJ
DUS
KSF*
PAD*
STR*
FDH*
SCN/ZQW
ERF
RLG
DRS

* = on the record for not willing to accept Ryanair's conditions (note: almost every FR airport with existing service said that at some point)

The most interesting aspect, in my opinion, is, however, potential growth at CGN, NUE, DTM and LEJ, airports Ryanair has begun to serve relatively recently. They certainly offer a lot of potential as they are in the heart or close to lucrative markets and could easily be expanded at the expense of existing airports such as HHN, NRN or SXF.

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SCN would be quite a good choice IMO as the catchment area goes well into Luxembourg and France.
They could start cheap OPO flights from there as there is a lot of VFR traffic on that route.
That said, they already tried ZQW and it did not work.

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:46 pm

Well, "does not work" and Ryanair pretty much means that somebody did not cough up enough dough to make it work  
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:48 pm

Well...they could add Monchengladbach and market it as Dusseldorf/Cologne.
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:58 pm

Not unless they are prepared to add small turboprops to their fleet - the runway there is 1.200m
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:03 pm

Quoting awacsooner (Reply 3):
Well...they could add Monchengladbach and market it as Dusseldorf/Cologne

They already have NRN for Dusseldorf!
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:25 pm

Well, they also had GRO for Barcelona or LPL for Manchester....
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:11 pm

Quoting Eurohub (Reply 5):

Yah...but how many other airports do they have within short distances (50 km) of each other? Eindhoven and Maastrict are two that come to mind.
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:36 pm

What about Speyer? Is it ready commercial aviation?
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:47 pm

Quoting awacsooner (Reply 3):
Well...they could add Monchengladbach and market it as Dusseldorf/Cologne.

The runway at Mönchengladbach is waaaay too short for a fully-loaded B738. It's just 1200m/3937ft.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 8):
What about Speyer? Is it ready commercial aviation?

No. It does not have the necessary terminal infrastructure, and even the recently lengthened runway only has 1400m/4593ft of usable length. Like above, not nearly enough.
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:03 pm

Could SZW be a possible new destination?
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:34 pm

Theoretically yes. But for what purpose? I think Ryanair is moving away from airports such as SZW if there are more established options around (HAM, RLG).
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:38 pm

Quoting eicvd (Reply 10):
Could SZW be a possible new destination?

I suppose, but SZW is in the middle of nowhere even by Ryanair standards.

And to make matters worse, the Landkreis (kind of like a county) in which Parchim lies has the fifth-lowest population density in Germany, with just 46 people per square kilometer (for comparison, the national average is 230 people per square kilometer).

And the area's economic data isn't great either...

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:52 pm

Quoting eicvd (Reply 10):
Could SZW be a possible new destination?

By car and according to Google Maps, it's only one and a half hours from Hamburg and two from Berlin. There's also quite a bit of tourism infrastructure in the "Müritz" area east of SZW, so maybe there's still some subsidy money to be extorted there.
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:55 pm

What about BWE? They just inaugurated the runway extension some months ago.
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:19 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 13):
By car and according to Google Maps, it's only one and a half hours from Hamburg and two from Berlin. There's also quite a bit of tourism infrastructure in the "Müritz" area east of SZW, so maybe there's still some subsidy money to be extorted there.

There might be subsidy money to be had, sure. But the Müritz tourism market is largely domestic, and Ryanair already serves airports that are closer to Hamburg and Berlin, like LBC and BRE or SXF and CSO, respectively.
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:26 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 13):

By car and according to Google Maps, it's only one and a half hours from Hamburg and two from Berlin.

For that kind of "substitute" airport, they already have LBC (for HAM) and LEJ (for BER) which both are better positioned to serve those markets.

Quoting Aviaco (Reply 14):
What about BWE? They just inaugurated the runway extension some months ago.

Not sure if BWE is actively acquiring airlines, the status of the airport is unique.
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:06 pm

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
ith just 46 people per square kilometer

no worries This ain't a problem. The population density in Lithuania is roughly the same, the income is FAR FAR lower yet they merrily fly to two airports
 
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:18 pm

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 15):
But the Müritz tourism market is largely domestic

Ah, that's true...

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 15):
and Ryanair already serves airports that are closer to Hamburg and Berlin, like LBC and BRE or SXF and CSO, respectively.
Quoting vfw614 (Reply 16):
For that kind of "substitute" airport, they already have LBC (for HAM) and LEJ (for BER) which both are better positioned to serve those markets.

But we all know what happens when one of those airports stops playing FR's game: they move. So perhaps one is "acting up" and they're looking for alternatives?
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:50 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 18):
But we all know what happens when one of those airports stops playing FR's game: they move. So perhaps one is "acting up" and they're looking for alternatives?

Until they reach the point when they have saturated the market and there are few viable alternatives remaining, like they have done in the UK and Ireland. Then their ability to play airports head-to-head diminishes and they are willing to pay higher fees to increase loads and yields.
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Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:43 pm

Ho about Bitburg?

No passenger facilities, but hey, it´s Ryanair, who cares...  
 
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Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:10 pm

Bitburg is a dead as can be. The private investor who held 40 per cent of the airport turned out to be a happy-go-lucky sort of fellow and was removed a couple of weeks ago. The other major sharehold, a public authority, now wants to dispose of its shares asap. There is even talk about closing the whole place down for good.
 
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Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:34 pm

Never say never to MUC and FRA. Fares are quite high from those airports, and FR does fly to other 'major' airports or capitals like BCN, MAD, MAN, DUB, BUD, WAW etc
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:32 am

No matter how much I look out for viable alternative airports for Ryanair I can´t find any suitable (availlable) ones that could generate sufficient passenger numbers either in itself or by cannibalizing neighbouring airports.

"Availlable" is mentionned because LHA (for sure) and IGS = Ingolstadt-Manching (potentially) would be viable and have a serious impact on surrounding airports.
But unfortunately both are "put in handcuffs" for political reasons.
LHA has intentionally become restricted to 12t MTOW (to protect FKB / STR and probably a lesser degree BSL and SXB ) with every a/c movement above that weight limit needing a special permission ...
IGS is still run by the German Air Force but has a civilian part which is already used by a/c up to the size of A319 (DC Aviation) quite regularly. I don´t see the operator willing to fall on its knees because of Ryanair´s "financial requirements"...
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:45 am

Quoting eicvd (Reply 10):
Could SZW be a possible new destination?
Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
I suppose, but SZW is in the middle of nowhere even by Ryanair standards.
Quoting flyingalex (Reply 15):
There might be subsidy money to be had, sure.
SZW had the chance to becme the second FR airport after HHN, but the land oif MeckPomm refused to fork out DM 500.000 for advertising the splendid nature out there. IMHO it waqs a mistake, FR would have loaded millions of pax there meanwhile and LBC might not have been chosen as a destination. That was back in the late 90s. SZW still dreams the dream of the innpocent. The county manager understood it but he did not have the funds then. Pumping money over the years hoping that this questionale Chinese "investor" finally pays up was much more expensive. Hopefully, Pang will not go Peng.

Quoting KL911 (Reply 22):
Never say never to MUC and FRA. F

At least FRA would need to build a dedicated terminal, the regular ops simply do not fit the requirements


Forgot to mention:
Distance HAM - SZW is about the same as FRA / HHN. BER - SZW is a bit far bit for the northern and north western parts of Berlin absolutely OK compared to LEJ and it might really be that once BER is opened MOL does not agree to the conditions to be there, at least he would probably scale down ops. Or BER offers to maintain the old SXF terminal which would solve a couple of other problems.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:13 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 24):
r BER offers to maintain the old SXF terminal which would solve a couple of other problems.

It is earmarked to become the new government terminal, so no chance.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:18 am

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 25):
It is earmarked to become the new government terminal, so no chance.

They should really pull the emergency brake and keep TXL open as a government airport with space for general/business aviation.

That would solve even more problems they have in Berlin The whole concept for the Berlin airports was flawed from the beginning and thanks to the delays they have a short window of opportunity to gett ehri act right.

Closing THF was a mistake already, closing TXL will be bitterly regretted in 20 years or less. The problem is that the punks who run the show now won't be in office then.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:41 am

Well, just three words:

Not. Gonna. Happen.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:46 am

You know what, I even aree with you. These guys are so stubborn, they drive the plane at landing speed against the wall and don't give a damn about it.

in 20 years Berlin will be a capital with limited accessaboility by air. Shame.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:08 pm

Quoting vfw614 (Thread starter):
too exotic even by Ryanair standards (GWT, HDF)

I am not sure whether there is something "too exotic" for Ryanair. Vatry, Altenburg, Targu Mures, Bydgoszcz, Dôle? Some of these places hardly have a supermarket and a petrol station (exaggerating to make my point), but Ryanair makes/made money flying there.

So in Germany, whilst I agree that GWT and HDF are "geographically challenged" and are therefore not natural candidates, there are still other airports out there in the middle of nowhere: Neubrandenburg, Schwerin, Braunschweig, Hof (short runway?), Friedrichshafen, Kassel, Saarbrücken, Zweibrücken, Lahr...
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:12 pm

I am pretty sure that LH will give Ryanair increasing problems with Germanwings expanding.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:41 pm

Neubrandenburg is a good candidate but they would have to fight the Barndenburg government.

Lahr is possible but they are in receivership as far as I know, most important they do not have a license for passenger scheduled flights, Only ad hoc, unlikely the Green government changes its mind about such evil matters.

Zweibrücken will not get marketing funds, the state government will hjave trouble enough to maintain the status for HHN

saarbrücken, around the corner, might do that.

Parchim - might be, but the MeckPomm did not fork out money in 1999, doubtful that they do now, same for RLG in the same state.

Kassel - no, neither the present government nor a possibloe future government will make marketing payments. Although, they have a tough boss and she's a very charming lady.

Hof is for ATR72 and the like only

Friedrichshafen - No, same state and argument as Lahr

Braunschweig - may be, but does VW really want that neighbour for their executive fleet? The other question is, does MOL want the LBA to watch every flight from their office?  


Hanover is a possible candidate.I would not bet against HAJ
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:11 pm

HAJ would be good. Is there actually any chance of HAM being likely? This would be my ideal.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:13 pm

Quoting mozart (Reply 29):
I am not sure whether there is something "too exotic" for Ryanair. Vatry, Altenburg, Targu Mures, Bydgoszcz, Dôle? Some of these places hardly have a supermarket and a petrol station (exaggerating to make my point), but Ryanair makes/made money flying there.

Both are island airports with hardly any outbound traffic (lack of population). They are strictly (low volume) seasonal, high-end inbound markets. Both airports are not interested in attracting Ryanair customers as there is no spare capacity on the islands anyway (at least in GWT's case). Plus there is resistance against scheduled air services anyway in the region.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:41 pm

Quoting mozart (Reply 29):
Bydgoszcz

Oh man...
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Well, 105,163 flew FR on Bydgoszcz-Stansted-Bydgoszcz in 2012, and the vast majority are surely Polish.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:34 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 31):
Neubrandenburg is a good candidate but they would have to fight the Barndenburg government.

But why? Is Brandenburg building/upgrading another airport in the northern Kreisen? Does Ryanair want incentives from the airport administration or even from MV?
I honestly don't see all the potential. Perhaps it only becomes viable because of the distances. I guess that they have to thank the fact that the Stettin airport is not next to the border.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:18 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 31):
Friedrichshafen - No, same state and argument as Lahr

??? FDH is a functioning airport with scheduled services.
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Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:37 pm

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
.......SZW is in the middle of nowhere even by Ryanair standards.

That is close to an insult!!!
 
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Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:49 am

True. Whoever can afford sylt (GWT)

Quoting A342 (Reply 37):
FDH is a functioning airport with scheduled services.

yes, but likely not accepting the FR standard requirements to "inveswt" at FDH

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 38):
That is close to an insult!!!

well, may be but when you go to that airport you miss something very important,: aircraft.

Still, it might have a second chance with FR as HAM east and BER west
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Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:59 am

The COO of Ryanair, Michael Cawley gave a lecture at the University of Cologne Business School earlier this week, as well as an interview to a local paper (link here, for those who can read German)
According to Mr. Cawley, Ryanair sees a lot of potential in Cologne, comparable to Manchester and Barcelona. Ryanair plans to add flights in CGN, and a more significant expansion after 2014, when the fleet size starts increasing to a projetced total of 405 airframes.
 
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Quoting PHX Flyer (Reply 40):
Ryanair plans to add flights in CGN, and a more significant expansion after 2014, when the fleet size starts increasing to a projetced total of 405 airframes.

Didn't U2 try CGN before (and reduced to a twice daily CGN-LGW flight)?
 
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IIRC, they only ever served EMA and LPL in addition to LGW, so not exactly a full-blown attack.

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Quoting PHX Flyer (Reply 40):
Didn't U2 try CGN before (and reduced to a twice daily CGN-LGW flight)?

I assume, with your question you are trying to insinuate CGN may not be a good choice and prone to failure. Easyjet started to serve CGN in the summer of 2004, with one daily flight each to EMA, LPL and LGW. 10 years later they fly twice daily from CGN to LGW. In the same time they opened and closed a base in neighboring DTM. They also started to fly out of DUS, but haven' grown there much either.

I think Easyjet's lack of growth in the area has more to do with Easyjet itself than with the region's viability. While Ryanair also uses the trial and error principle and has no qualms shutting down a route if it does not make money within a given timeline, Ryanair has shown a lot more talent, when it comes to the development of new markets. As far as Cologne is concerned, they started with 2 routes in 2012, and currently fly to 4 destinations. The projected number of passengers for CGN is 340,000 in 2013 - which is already in line with Hahn, where approx. 32 routes produced a passenger volume of 2,800,000 in 2012.

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Thu May 02, 2013 11:31 am

Any regional airport where AB has pulled down (or exited altogether) recently due to their restructuring would be a good candidate.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 32):
HAJ would be good. Is there actually any chance of HAM being likely? This would be my ideal.

HAJ has potential, yes. Not HAM, too high cost for FR and in no need of FR flights to grow. Expansion at LBC would be nice though, it would help a lot if they start construction on the already approved rwy extension.

Quoting vfw614 (Thread starter):
potential growth at CGN, NUE, DTM and LEJ, airports Ryanair has begun to serve relatively recently.

DTM has potential but any significant growth there is limited by the too short airport operating times. If they extend ops to 2300, then yes.

FMO, PAD, DRS, SCN are other possible candidates IMO.
 
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Thu May 02, 2013 3:24 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 31):
Neubrandenburg is a good candidate but they would have to fight the Barndenburg government.

Erm. Why?
Neubrandenburg, even though misleading, is not in Brandenburg, but in MV.

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 31):
Parchim - might be, but the MeckPomm did not fork out money in 1999, doubtful that they do now, same for RLG in the same state.

To be honest, I think RLG has a really good chance.

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 38):
Quoting flyingalex (Reply 12):
.......SZW is in the middle of nowhere even by Ryanair standards.

That is close to an insult!!!

No it isn't. Parchim seriously is in the middle of nothing. Absolutely nothing.


I've flown to all those three airports while at Pilot Training in RLG last winter. RLG has a big potential, even more so now that Germania is doing so incredibly bad that I doubt they will continue RLG in the long run. Parchim, even though nice and sweet for occasional flight training, is not an airport with a business model. It really is in the middle of nowhere (and with Lübeck so clsoe by and already served by FR, I doubt even more it's going to happen). And Neubrandenburg can surely be marketed as Berlin North or something similar, but I know from one of my former Flight Instructors living in the area and being involved in the management of Brandy, that the authorities are thinking about closing down the airport. Cost-cutting. Not a good way to start for FR.
To put it in one sentence. If in the far north-east of Germany another FR base is going to open up, my 100 bucks are on RLG.
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Thu May 02, 2013 4:12 pm

Quoting Semaex (Reply 46):
Erm. Why?
Neubrandenburg, even though misleading, is not in Brandenburg, but in MV.

I may get this mixed up, but my memory tells me that Berlin and Brandenburg made sure no airport in the vicinity can become a threat to their single airport nirwana. The fact the Neubrandenburg is in MeckPomm does not keep the duett to ask for the friendly help of their collegue.

Quoting Semaex (Reply 46):
To be honest, I think RLG has a really good chance.
Quoting Semaex (Reply 46):
No it isn't. Parchim seriously is in the middle of nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Nope, RLG is too remote. parchim is between HAM and BER in a relatively good location, Now, neither places are a bit more than "nothing", At least concerning HAM I strongly oppose.

Parchim to HAM is not much farther ham FRA to HHN and HHN is in the boonies as well. If MewckPomm had approved the advertising subsid
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RE: Ryanair Eyes German Expansion, 5-6 More Airports

Fri May 03, 2013 11:16 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 47):
Nope, RLG is too remote. parchim is between HAM and BER in a relatively good location, Now, neither places are a bit more than "nothing", At least concerning HAM I strongly oppose.

That is true, but I doubt if FR is going to open up a base in this area they are going to promote it as "Hamburg" or "Berlin".
Keep in mind, they already have LUC to catch Hamburg traffic. Not sure what gateway they suppose Berlin is for.
In any case. I believe FR has the capibility to make Rostock/Warnemünde/Rügen work, at least in the summer season. But then the obvious choice is RLG, where all the infrastructure they need is already in place.
In fact I just remember having seen a couple of Ryanair representatives walking around the "Terminal" sometime at the end of January.
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RE: Ryanair Eyes German Expansion, 5-6 More Airports

Fri May 03, 2013 2:46 pm

I think it is obvious that Ryanair's more recent strategy is to fly from what can be seen as "tertiary" airports (CGN, NUE, DTM, FMO, BRE) and that they are no longer focused to expand their bases in remote locations (such as HHN, NRN) or opening up airports with no scheduled services. Given that, FR's prime targets should be adding HAJ and DRS and expanding at the above mentioned-airports. I think they will also move into secondary airports (the likes of DUS, HAM, STR) sooner than later, pretty much like they have already done in the UK. In that case, HAM will be a prime target. I disagree with the view that HAM is not in the draw. HAM has lost almost 8 per cent passengers in 1Q13 and is under significant pressure compared to other German airports of similar size as they have already lost a large airberlin presence and are about to loose Lufthansa branded services to all destinations other than MUC and FRA.

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