Willy Brandt takes off: easyJet celebrates the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt by unveiling an aircraft with a very special design23.04.2012
easyJet and Berlin Brandenburg Airport this morning unveiled an aircraft that features a portrait of Willy Brandt. The official unveiling ceremony was attended by Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, Thomas Haagensen, Regional General Manager easyJet Germany, Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Office of Berlin Brandenburg Airport. The Airbus A320 bears both the name and the portrait of the former German chancellor, Willy Brandt, whom the airport is also named after. The plane’s maiden flight at Berlin Brandenburg Airport will take place on 3 June 2012, the day the new airport officially opens, when it will land at 5.35 am as the very first flight at the new airport.
The Airbus will be an important and highly visible ambassador for the new airport and the Berlin and Brandenburg region. It will be deployed throughout the entire network of Europe’s third-largest airline on more than 600 routes between 129 airports in 29 countries. “The new aircraft is a clear message that easyJet is underscoring its commitment to Berlin, and that makes this day a very special occasion for us”, said Carolyn McCall. “easyJet’s aim is to make travel easier and more affordable. The new airport allows us to continue to operate efficiently, to offer our customers low prices and also to contribute our considerable expertise. A single airport for the whole of Berlin and Brandenburg makes the competition more transparent, and for customers it is a great opportunity to compare prices and services.”
In future, easyJet passengers will board and disembark at the airport’s spacious and easily accessible North Pier. “We owe so much to easyJet. In the past eight years the airline has built a key hub at Berlin-Schoenefeld, and it has grown to become a strong and dependable growth driver for this airport”, said Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz. “The Airbus with the Willy Brandt livery sends out a clear signal: easyJet will remain a key player at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and is one of our most important partners at BER.”
New services launched
In April 2004 the very first easyJet plane landed in Schoenefeld. Today, the airline has eight aircraft stationed at this site. On a total of 37 services, it flies passengers to the most popular destinations throughout Europe and in North Africa. Around 300 people work for easyJet in Berlin. In summer 2012, the airline will be adding two new destinations to the easyJet network: as from 23 June the airline will be operating two flights a week to Rhodes (Tuesday and Saturday, prices start from €36.49*), and, from 24 June, to Mykonos (Wednesday and Saturday, from €50.49*).
Thomas Haagensen, Regional General Manager of easyJet Germany: “More than 23 million passengers have flown from Berlin with easyJet. We’re taking the expansion of the airport as a welcome opportunity to offer the people of Berlin and Brandenburg an even wider choice of services. In addition to the launch of new routes, we shall also be increasing the frequency on popular services, including London, Barcelona and Basle, and will be enhancing our services for business travellers.”
*One-way price per person based on 2 passengers travelling on the same booking, inclusive of €11 booking fee and airport tax; does not include credit card fee and any charges for checked-in luggage. Prices valid from 24 April 2012 and available for travel between 25 June 2012 and 27 October 2012. easyJet flies from Berlin Brandenburg to Rhodes and Mykonos. For more information, visit easyJet.com.