Berlin becomes LTU's third base for long-haul flights

29.05.2007
New business connections to Bangkok – double the flights to the Caribbean and now Florida
A major step towards expanding the air traffic location Berlin: LTU today announced it will set up its third base for long-haul flights in Berlin. Flights to Bangkok, Melbourne (Florida, USA) and double the flights to the Caribbean are planned for the winter flight schedule. LTU is also stationing an A330-200 long-haul jet in Berlin.

Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin: "LTU's new base for long-haul flights represents a sweeping improvement for our city. The new non-stop flights to Bangkok in particular will boost business and tourism in the German capital region and create a direct link between Berlin and Asia – this is an important step towards BBI."

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "LTU's new base for long-haul flights is strategically important to the airport city of Berlin. The new flights to Bangkok represent our first connections to the Far East. Now we are also establishing ourselves in terms of quality as the third-largest airport in Germany. Additional intercontinental flights are to be added even before the opening of BBI. Our strategy is to set up our own hub structures here in Berlin, i.e. establish ourselves as a destination of other intercontinental hubs. We have laid the foundations with the new Terminal C in Tegel. We are delighted that LTU is the first airline to seize this opportunity. LTU's new base for long-haul flights is a key part of our ramp for BBI."

LTU is commencing its long-haul flights from Berlin-Tegel as of the 2007/2008 winter flight schedule with the following flights:

  • Starting in winter, LTU will operate three flights a week from Berlin-Tegel to the Thai capital Bangkok, flying on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • On behalf of the tour operator M-Touristik, LTU will fly from Berlin-Tegel to Melbourne (Florida) every Saturday. Flights to the East Coast of Florida can be booked via M-Touristik and in all travel agent's with an M-Touristik agency.
  • Starting in winter, LTU will double its flights to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Varadero on Cuba, offering weekly flights instead of fortnightly flights to both destinations in the Caribbean. Flights will be transferred from Schoenefeld to Tegel.

Berlin is the third-largest airport location in Germany and is expecting over 19 million passengers this year. Prospects for further growth are excellent: unlike other European airports, BBI, which will go into operation in October 2011, has sufficient capacities for the next decades. Furthermore, flight times from the German capital to Asia are approximately one hour shorter than from airports in the west of the continent.

For more information on flights to Melbourne (Florida), please visit www.m-touristik.de

For information on flights to Bangkok, Varadero and Punta Cana, please visit www.ltu.com

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