Frankfurt Hahn Airport: Hunsrück instead of a metropolis
Thomas Frey / dpa
The Nürburgring has bought the insolvent Hunsrück Airport Hahn.
According to information from the dpa news agency, a notarial contract for a purchase price of around 20 million euros was recently signed.
The money is already in a so-called escrow account.
The Ring holding company NR Holding, headed by the Russian Viktor Charitonin, has thus entered the airport.
Insolvency administrator Jan Markus Plathner initially did not comment on the sale.
NR Holding informed the dpa: »Yes, we have concluded a contract.
However, this is subject to various conditions precedent.« This means above all the creditors' meetings of four Hahn sister companies scheduled for next Tuesday before the Bad Kreuznach insolvency court.
"We will not comment further at the moment," added the Ring holding company.
The Federal Ministry of Economics could still examine the sale in accordance with the Foreign Trade Act.
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Frankfurt-Hahn Airport filed for bankruptcy in autumn 2021.
In the first bidding process in June 2022, Swift Conjoy GmbH bought the airport as the investor with the highest bid at the time - but according to dpa information, never paid the purchase price.
NR Holding also took part in the bidding process, but offered less money than Swift Conjoy.
Therefore, the Nürburgring initially did not get a chance, but reappeared after the payment default.
The former state-run Nürburgring race track has been in the hands of Viktor Charitonin since 2014.
The pharmaceutical entrepreneur is not on any EU sanctions list for Russia.
The rather remote Hahn Airport is a former US military airport.
The only major airport in Rhineland-Palatinate has no rail connection, but a rare and coveted night flight permit.
The state of Hesse acquired a 17.5 percent stake in Hahn Airport a long time ago.
The airport works council was recently satisfied with the flight operations in the insolvency: Plathner and the head of the operational Hahn business, Rüdiger Franke, did a good job, they said.
The passenger business picked up again significantly after the corona pandemic subsided, and the airport is looking for more staff.