On course for growth: Berlin Airports is today expecting its 20-millionth passenger

10.12.08 13:12
Passenger growth as of November at 7.4 per cent / Berlin is the front-runner amongst German airports / More than 21 million passengers expected / Beijing flights with Hainan Airlines look promising
Berlin Airports can look back on yet another successful year. The 20-millionth passenger is already expected to arrive at Tegel Airport this evening. The jubilee passenger will fly with Hainan Airlines to Beijing. Berlin Airports is thus reaching the 20 million passenger mark three weeks earlier than last year.

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "Despite the difficult business environment, we have been able to maintain our course for growth in 2008. Growth as of November amounted to 7.4 per cent, making Berlin the front-runner amongst German airports. By the year-end, we will exceed the 21 million mark by far."

Berlin Airports was able to further expand its route system in 2008. Following years of intensive marketing, non-stop flights connecting the Chinese capital Beijing to Berlin were resumed this year. At the beginning of September 2008, Hainan Airlines added the new Berlin–Peking connection to its flight schedule, serviced by a modern Airbus A330-200.

Around 50 domestic Chinese destinations are offered from Beijing. Hainan Airlines offers low-cost connections for both Berlin and Beijing in cooperation with Air Berlin, Brussels Airlines and Malev. Hainan Airlines is China's fourth-largest airline. The airline is currently offering more than 500 connections to more than 90 Chinese and international destinations. Since 1993, Hainan Airlines has offices in Beijing, Xi'an, Taiyuan, Urumchi, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Dalian.

Hainan Airlines is part of the holding company of the HNA Group, was founded in 1989 and began operating flights in 1993. The HNA Group has 153 aircraft. In 2007, 14.94 million passengers flew with Hainan Airlines. The company has more than 9,000 employees.

Hainan Airlines has already won several awards for its offers. In 2000, 2003 and 2007, Hainan Airlines was awarded the "Golden Eagle Cup" by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Nine times in a row, the airline has won prizes for its passenger friendliness. In addition, the airline has been presented multiple awards for being the most punctual airline in the whole of China. The most recent award Hainan Airlines received was from industry analysts Skytrax for being China's best airline.

Bookings at: www.hnair.com/de Tel.: +49 1805 4085-8583 (€0.14/min. from a landline; prices may differ according to mobile network) or at www.viaberlin.com Around 80 airlines operating flights to 160 destinations in 51 countries, including seven long-haul flights (New York, Bangkok, Doha, Beijing, Ulan Bator, Varadero, Punta Cana) and 124 European destinations, fly to Berlin.

Hannes Stefan Hönemann

Hannes Stefan Hönemann Head of Corporate

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Daniel Tolksdorf

Daniel Tolksdorf Spokesperson

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Kathrin Westhölter

Kathrin Westhölter Spokesperson

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