Non-stop from Berlin to the city of angels02.11.2007
Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin on the new business destination: "The new long-haul flight is a major achievement for the capital region Berlin. The business capital Bangkok opens the gateway to Asia and acts as the perfect springboard to the growth markets of south-east Asia. In times of globalisation, fast and direct flights between the continents are a key competitive advantage."
Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "The new intercontinental flight to Bangkok is key to strategically enhancing the air traffic location Berlin. We are strongly working on establishing more destinations in Asia. Bangkok is just the first of hopefully many major achievements."
CEO of LTU, Jürgen Marbach, was extremely delighted with the inauguration of the first flight: "We are already recording outstanding capacity utilisation for the three weekly non-stop flights in this winter season. This is sufficient proof that we were absolutely right to adopt our strategy of offering non-stop long-haul flights from Berlin-Tegel. And reason enough for us to look into operating more intercontinental flights from Berlin."
LTU operates flights from Berlin to 24 destinations. Long-haul routes include the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) and Cuba (Varadero). LTU transports around 300,000 passengers to and from Berlin every year. Starting with the 2007/08 winter flight schedule, LTU will be stationing its first A330-200 long-haul jet in Tegel. This will make Tegel LTU's third base for long-haul flights in Germany after Düsseldorf and Munich.
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.