Continental Airlines Backs Berlin

01.07.2005
As from today, the US airline Continental Airlines has a new daily non-stop flight connecting between the cities of Berlin and New York. The German capital Berlin has attracted another daily link to the Big Apple in just a matter of weeks.

“With this new route, Continental is laying an important foundation as we seek to expand our long-haul services, particularly in view of the ambitious Berlin Brandenburg International project”, commented Dieter Johannsen-Roth, CEO of the Berlin Airports, during the celebration to mark the first flight.

The new non-stop connection to America underlines Berlin’s growing position in the international air traffic market. The Berlin airports have registered record growth in passenger numbers. Forecasts predict that 17.4 million passengers will pass through Berlin’s airports in 2005. Tegel Airport alone will handle 12 million of this figure. Berlin’s share of the national air traffic market is more than 10 percent. And for the first time Berlin now ranks third among German airports behind Frankfurt and Munich.

The European network of routes served by the Berlin airports is compact and covers 111 destinations. So the new transatlantic route supplements these services in the best possible way.

“As a result of the route between Berlin and the high-capacity hub at New York/Newark, Continental will promote the continuing upturn in tourism and business in the Berlin region,” said the capital’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit.

Berlin was one of the hottest destinations in Europe after London and Paris in 2004 with 13 million people spending a night in the capital. Berlin is attracting more and more tourists from abroad. And the number of conference and business travellers is rising continually. Travellers from America accounted for 11 percent of overnight stays in 2004. The new non-stop route will make travelling even more attractive on both sides of the Atlantic and will help tourism grow in both the cities.

Continental Airlines is the sixth largest airline in the world. A Boeing B757-200 will be used on the Berlin-New York/Newark route. The aircraft has 16 seats in the BusinessFirst Class and 156 in the Economy Class. Flight CO97 takes off from Tegel at 10.15 a.m. and lands in Newark at 1.25 p.m. local time. The return flight CO96 leaves Newark at 6.45 p.m. and lands at Tegel at 8.40 a.m. the following day. Flying time is 8 – 9 hours.

Continental provides 407 connecting flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to 170 destinations in the USA, Canada and Latin America every day. Newark Airport is less than 25 kilometres from downtown Manhattan. The journey on the AirTrain to New York Penn Station takes less than 30 minutes.

You can book Continental flights by ringing the reservations number 0180 – 3212610 or at www.continental.com .

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