Dubai, Miami, Mombasa: Three new long-haul routes from Berlin06.05.2010
Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin: “Being able to offer an attractive range of flights is a key advantage for any region, in terms of location. Air Berlin’s three new long-haul routes mean that the German capital will be even better connected to the rest of the world, thus boosting the economy and generating more tourism. It will also mean the creation of a large number of new jobs at the airport and in the city. This trend will continue. Air Berlin’s commitment shows that the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport next year is already having a positive effect. The new “Willy Brandt” airport offers an efficient aviation infrastructure that is also ideally suited to Berlin being used as a transfer hub. The region will therefore be provided with the necessary capacities, while airlines will have excellent prospects for growth.”
Joachim Hunold, Chief Executive Officer at Air Berlin: “The new long-haul flights reflect Air Berlin’s desire to take advantage of this market opportunity and will strengthen its position in Berlin in the long term. The service to Dubai is Air Berlin’s first regular non-stop flight from Germany to the Middle East. In offering these flights, Air Berlin is creating an attractive offer for business travellers and holidaymakers alike.”
Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: “These three new long-haul destinations will bring us closer to achieving our goal of establishing Berlin as an East-West hub. The fact that Air Berlin has already added new flights to its schedule before BBI even opens shows how attractive the capital region is for aviation. Once BBI opens next year, we will not only have the necessary infrastructure, but are also gradually developing our transport capacity.”
In future, there will be three flights a week to Dubai (from €199 one way, incl. taxes and charges), two flights a week to Miami (from €239 one way, incl. taxes and charges) and one flight a week to Mombasa (from €376 one way, incl. taxes and charges). The three new long-haul destinations have already been integrated in Air Berlin’s hub structure and can be booked as of today. Connecting flights are available to and from Germany, Russia and Scandinavia as well as Zurich and Vienna.
As a business location, Berlin will also become more attractive on account of these new destinations. For business travellers, these direct flights will mean greater accessibility and major time savings compared to flights via other European hubs. Air Berlin is also stationing an additional aircraft in Berlin, creating around 120 jobs in the process. The city will also benefit from a greater number of tourists who will find Berlin a more convenient destination thanks to the new long-haul routes.
Including the new destinations, Air Berlin offers 18 weekly intercontinental flights from Berlin:
Dubai (DXB): 3 weekly flights Miami (MIA): 2 weekly flights Mombasa (MBA): 1 weekly flight Bangkok (BKK): 3 weekly flights Phuket (HKT): 2 weekly flights Tel Aviv (TLV): 3 weekly flights Cairo (CAI): 2 weekly flights Punta Cana (PUJ): 1 weekly flight Varadero (VRA): 1 weekly flight
Air Berlin is the second-largest airline in Germany. Since May 2006 the Group has been listed on the stock exchange. Last year, Air Berlin transported a total of 27.9 million passengers worldwide. The company employs a workforce of around 8,200. Every year, Air Berlin receives more than 10 awards for outstanding service and quality. With an average aircraft age of 5.5 years, Air Berlin has one of the youngest fleets in Europe. Its modern, fuel-efficient jets play a part in permanently reducing emissions of pollutants in air transport.