Lufthansa, Frankfurt reel from night ban

Should the ban become permanent the German cargo carrier may even face the possibility of having to relocate its air cargo hub to neighbouring airports like Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne Bonn, or Liepzig where it already operates its joint venture cargo airline Aerologic with partner DHL Express.


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Lufthansa, Frankfurt reel from night ban

Should the ban become permanent the German cargo carrier may even face the possibility of having to relocate its air cargo hub to neighbouring airports like Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne Bonn, or Liepzig where it already operates its joint venture cargo airline Aerologic with partner DHL Express. But with the need to coordinate cargo movements between the bellies of Lufthansa’s passenger fleet and its freighters, this would involve large scale road movements – estimated to be nearly 30,000 annually. The total ban came as a surprise because it appeared a compromise had been reached earlier this year by the local Hesse court, which would have allowed the airport to operate 17 flights between 11 pm and 5 am while the original complaint was being heard by a higher court – Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. A spokesperson for Fraport – the airport’s owner and operator – Robert Payne, said that if the superior court comes to a different conclusion, that ruling will take precedent, but in the mean time the ban will stay in place until a final ruling from the higher court is issued. “It remains to be seen how the German Administrative High Court will decide,” Payne said. “We don’t know exactly when their decision is coming.” Immediately following the lower court’s decision, Fraport issued a statement outlining the challenges the ban now causes. “Implementation of this decision means cancellation of some internationally coordinated slots already allocated to the airlines, and there remain only 19 days until the start of the new winter 2011/12 flight schedule,” the statement read. “This creates a very difficult situation for the airlines, the cargo shippers, Fraport and, of course, the passengers, and it has implications for the worldwide network of flight connections.”