Germanwings launches flights between Maastricht Aachen and Berlin

28.03.11 08:15
From now on, passengers departing from the area bordering on the Netherlands pay less airport fees and are spared aviation tax
Germanwings has added a new connection to its flight schedule: Maastricht Aachen–Berlin. The low-cost airline is operating two new daily discount flights with an Airbus A319 between the Dutch border city of Maastricht and Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport. One reason for the new offer is the recent introduction of aviation tax in Germany: those departing from Maastricht will be exempt from paying the aviation tax applicable as of 1 January 2011.

The so-called double daily flights make Berlin very attractive not only to private but also business travellers, allowing them to depart in the morning for a business meeting in Berlin and be back home by the evening. The low-cost airline departs from Berlin-Schoenefeld at 6.45 a.m. and arrives in Maastricht at 8 a.m., returning from Maastricht just a few minutes later at 8.25 a.m. and arriving in the Berlin capital at 9.40 a.m. The evening flights leave Berlin at 6.05 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., returning from the Dutch city at 7.50 p.m. and 8.10 p.m.

“Many of our customers can now choose either to fly from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin or take the much cheaper option from Maastricht Aachen, circumventing the aviation tax and saving airport fees. Passengers benefit fully from the cost savings in Maastricht Aachen in the form of cheaper flights. We would like to thank Maastricht Airport for welcoming us with open arms”, said Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Germanwings, adding that “Although Germanwings is investing heavily in the new route by launching the new double daily flights on most service days, the foundations are in place for the new connection to be a huge success.”

“We are delighted that Germanwings is remaining loyal to Berlin Airports and a strong partner representing the Lufthansa Group at Schoenefeld Airport. While the new route in the three countries’ corner of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium is an interesting consolidation of the route network to and from Berlin, unfortunately it is also clear that aviation tax is driving airlines and their price-conscious passengers to airports in neighbouring countries”, said Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports.

Germanwings – Europe’s low-cost airline Germanwings is one of Europe’s most successful low-cost airlines, offering flights from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Berlin-Schoenefeld, Hanover and Dortmund to 75 European destinations. The low-cost airline currently operates a young fleet of 30 Airbus A319 jets.

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