British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced a new route to Munich from London City Airport.

The new year-round service was launched last Saturday. With the new service, British Airways now offers four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £64 based on a return journey.

Besides its beer heritage and annual Oktoberfest, Munich is home to 18 world renowned museums and arts venues. Munich is a gateway to Bavaria’s scenic sightseeing routes, including palaces and castles. The ski slopes of the Bavarian Alps are also less than an hour’s drive away.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘Germany is such an important destination for both business and leisure customers, so the addition of Munich to our schedule has been welcomed by everyone who flies from London City. With well-timed frequent flights there are plenty of options for customers who either want to do a day trip or stay for longer.

‘Munich complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we now fly 82 return flights a week to Germany this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Munich is a German powerhouse of a city, attracting leisure and business travellers alike. Its gaining popularity is reflected in the frequency of this new three-times-a-day British Airways service, which makes travel between Munich and the centre of London easier and quicker thanks to the convenience of London City Airport.

‘It’s not just the world-famous Oktoberfest that brings thousands of visitors to explore Munich. Alongside the city’s beer halls are public parks, historic architecture, and a leading centre for business – home to globally recognised firms. Through British Airways’ continued growth at its London City base, we are keeping London connected to Europe – enabling trade and tourism in both directions.’

In 2019, British Airways has also increased frequency to Berlin from the Docklands airport to 18 return flights a week. Further, the airline is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces Christmas holiday breaks to European destinations

British Airways has announced Christmas festive getaway programmes to European winter destinations and Christmas markets including Berlin, Innsbruck, Stockholm and Vienna from major UK airports, with fares starting from £129 per person.

Starting November 27 to December 26, 2017, British Airways Holidays (BAH) will offer a two-night holiday from Heathrow to Berlin, with stay arranged at the three-star Days Inn Berlin West, from £149 per person. The German capital has more than 60 Christmas markets across the city throughout November and December.

Starting November 15 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two-night holidays to Innsbruck from London Gatwick, with stay arranged at the four-star Alphotel Innsbruck, from £179 per person.

From December 1 to December 24, BAH offers three-night holiday breaks to Nuremberg from Gatwick, with its famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter, among other city and market experiences. The stay is arranged at the four-star NH Forsthaus Furth Nurnberg hotel, from £209 per person. Starting December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two nights to Prague from London Heathrow, with stay arranged at the four-star Duo, from £129 per person. Christmas markets are held in the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and the Havelska market (Havelske trZiSte).

Further, from November 19 to December 23, 2017 BAH is offering UK holidaymakers from Heathrow a chance to enjoy Stockholm’s Christmas markets – some of the most traditional in Europe with the Skansen on the park island of Djurgarden. The two nights stay is at the three-star Scandic Prince Philip, from £159 per person. In addition, from November 18 to December 30, 2017, BAH is offering, from Heathrow, two-holidays to Vienna. The stay is arranged at the three-star Donauwalzer hotel, from £129 per person.

Tickets can be booked until October 31, and includes Euro Traveller return flights and accommodation with breakfast, the airline said.

Eurowings announces new service between Newquay and Stuttgart

Eurowings, a budget airline and part of Lufthansa, is set to add a Newquay-Stuttgart route to its portfolio with a once weekly flight every Saturday as of March 31, 2018.

The new weekly route will run for summer 2018. The flight will depart from Stuttgart at 08:25 and will arrive at Newquay at 10:25. The flight from Newquay departs at 10:55 and will reach Stuttgart at 12:50.

The new flight comes as Eurowings continues to increase connectivity between Cornwall and Germany. In addition, the airline has extended the season of its Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, to October 20. In total Eurowings will operate two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.

Markus Leopold, Regional Manager UK at Eurowings, said: ‘We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future.’

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay added, ‘We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall and Germany.’

The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can be booked at www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. Holidaymakers are also offered the option to book budget package holidays on the website through the Eurowings Holidays tour operator. These combine the new flight options with hotel offers, Cornwall Airport said in its release.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has registered a significant increase in its passenger traffic this summer. The airport handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, an increase of 30 percent. The airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of eight percent and will reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits, the airport noted.

 

bmi regional announces three new European routes from Birmingham Airport

bmi regional has announced three new destinations – Graz, Austria; Nuremburg, Germany; and Gothenburg, Sweden – from Birmingham starting early 2017 as the European regional airline plans to launch a new base at Birmingham Airport.

Featured in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, Graz lies on the River Mur and will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. Besides being a cultural hotspot, Graz also presents key attractions for motorsports and golf enthusiasts.

bmi regional’s seventh destination in Germany, the Bavarian city of Nuremberg is the second largest city in the region after Munich. Nuremberg has vast arts and culture sites for tourists and features a host of museums dedicated to design, painting and modern art.

With its diverse culture and vibrant nightlife, Gothenburg is a popular mini break destination. Just two hours’ flying time from Birmingham, Gothenburg will be bmi regional’s fourth destination in Sweden.

The Graz flight will commence on February 27, 2017, initially with a twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays, increasing to four times weekly in March. Fares will start from  £99.00 one way. The Nuremberg and Gothenburg routes will start on May 8, 2017, with six return flights per week. Fares start from £79.00 one way and £89.00 one way respectively.

Commenting on the new routes, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer from bmi regional, said: ‘bmi regional has always offered customers an array of up and coming destinations to explore and enjoy, and we anticipate all three routes to be popular. Given the many issues we are facing in different parts of Europe and the world these days, many people are looking for new experiences in more familiar regions and our new destinations have an abundance of interesting and exciting experiences to offer to customers. We’re also happy to once again be bringing the bmi regional level of quality, convenience, service and professionalism to travellers from the Midlands.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that bmi regional will be offering flights to Nuremberg, Gothenburg and Graz this year. All three routes are currently un-served from Birmingham, so we thank bmi regional for filling these gaps and offering leisure travellers the chance to visit these vibrant city break destinations in Sweden, Austria and Germany with an airline that offers excellent service, efficiency and value.’

The fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and 30 minute check-ins. Flights on all-routes are available for booking at www.flybmi.com.

British Airways adds new German routes from London City Airport

British Airways has announced plans to expand its German network and aircraft fleet at London City Airport this summer with two new routes and an additional Embraer 190 jet.

As per the plan, the British airline will launch new thrice-a-day flights to both Berlin and Hamburg. Together with the existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, the airline will operate more than 70 flights each week to Germany direct from the Docklands.

This is the first time that British Airways has operated to Berlin from London City. The new route will commence on June 19 on an Embraer jet and each way hand baggage only fares are available from GBP49. While Hamburg is currently served by British Airways’ franchise partner SunAir, starting May 8 British Airways will serve the route using larger Saab 2000 aircraft, more than doubling the number of seats available. Each way hand baggage only fares are available from GBP79.

The new 98-seat aircraft, which will arrive in June, will be the 20th Embraer to join the British Airways fleet at London City, and will create 20 new jobs at the airport as well as additional roles for the companies that supply the airline.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: ‘Germany is a very important market for us and these new routes give both our business and leisure customers a much wider choice of destinations with a well-timed schedule. As the largest airline operating at London City we are giving customers what they want, excellent network and frequencies, a choice of 32 destinations in the UK, Europe and the USA and low all-inclusive fares.

‘We are also delighted to take delivery of our 20th Embraer, an aircraft which is very popular with our customers for its comfort, style and low noise and emissions levels.’

With the extra routes, British Airways will have its busiest ever summer at London City Airport where it will operate over half the flights. The airline has recently announced more seats to European holiday hotspots this summer from Heathrow (to Athens, Lisbon and Gibraltar) and from Gatwick (to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Funchal).

 

Opening of New Berlin Airport Postponed Indefinitely

The opening of the new Brandenburg airport (BER) in Berlin, Germany, has been delayed indefinitely, according to recent reports in the German media.

The new airport was slated to open on June 3, 2012, and has been delayed due to problems with its fire safety systems. The new airport is intended to replace Berlin’s Tegel and Schonefeld airports.

The new opening date for the airport is yet to be announced, and sources say that it may be even later than the previously announced date of October this year.

A statement made by the airport authority reads, ‘This further delay is the result of problems with the fire protection system, in particular the fresh air supply in the case of a fire and the complexity of the system as a whole. Based on the previous timetable, construction work was due to be completed by May 2013 to allow a five-month period for trial operations before the official opening.’

The airport chief operations officer, Horst Amann, said, ‘We evaluated the current situation and the next steps concerning the construction work at BER. The analysis highlighted that there was an increased risk that the airport might not be operational by 27 October 2013 as planned. However, we decided to continue the evaluation of the opening date, rather than cancelling the opening date at that stage. This evaluation was concluded by 4 January 2013’

Air Berlin, the Germany based airline, which was scheduled to operate out of the new airport, has also released a statement. Air Berlin chief executive officer, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, ‘The situation is extremely tricky, as we have to contact at least one million passengers individually to inform them about their airport of departure or arrival. In addition, Air Berlin’s expanded and more ambitious flight schedule, planned for BER, now has to be handled using the old infrastructure at Tegel Airport, in the summer season, of all times. We must apologise to our passengers for this temporary arrangement; we ourselves are finding it difficult to live with.’

Cityjet Offers New Services to Germany

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, is offering new services to Germany from London.

The airline is introducing two new routes to Dresden and Paderborn, in Germany, for the summer of 2013. Flights to Dresden commence from April 1, 2013, and services to Paderborn commence from April 22, 2013. Airfares start from £70 one-way to Dresden, and £85 one-way to Paderborn.

CityJet will be offering six-times weekly services to both destinations, and will be serving the Paderborn route with a Fokker 50 aircraft.

Christine Ourmieres, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘There is a strong inbound demand for direct routes to the heart of London from Germany both from a business as well as a leisure perspective. By expanding our German network to four destinations, including Munster and Nuremberg, we are answering that demand at a time when Germany continues to remain Europe’s economic powerhouse.

Paderborn will strengthen our offering out of Westphalia, whilst our route in Dresden opens up a whole new region to British-based families and couples looking for a relaxed weekend break or business travellers seeking easy access to the Silicon Valley of East Germany.’

Dresden is located on the banks of the River Elbe in Germany, and features a number of museums and historic buildings, such as the Elbe Castle, Villa Quarter, the Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche. Paderborn is situated at the mouth of the Pader River, and its attractions include a medieval cathedral and university.

The new routes will increase the airline destinations to 22 cities in Europe, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and UK.

The airline has earlier announced a new service to Nuremberg in Germany, from London City Airport, in the UK. The service commences from January 27, 2013, with twice a day flights served by an Avro RJ 85 aircraft.

WESTbus speeds up Euro service

Austria-based WESTbus has announced that it is expanding the routes that it offers to allow road passengers to travel to Berlin via Dresden in just nine hours.

The company said that the new service would allow customers to absorb local culture along the way, as travelling by road offered a more interactive experience. The service is also expected to enhance business ties between the locations.

Paul Blaguss from WESTbus, said, ‘No other metropolis is so inviting for shopping, culture and flair in summer. We are happy to announce we now offer an adult ticket to Berlin for just €55 each way. The new combi tickets for WESTbahn and WESTbus are particularly customer friendly. It is completely easy to use and easy to find the right combination.’

The firm also said that soon more services would be introduced to Bratislava. Services to Bratislava will operate 13 times a day, which is effectively an increase of two routes per day. In addition, the company is planning to add a new route from Salzburg to Prague, which runs twice daily and costs €29 for adults.

Children aged between 6 and 14 only need to pay EUR2. Those under 6 years of age can travel for free. Combination tickets, which include return travel, can also be booked, and all tickets can be booked online at www.westbus.at

WESTbus currently operates between Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz, Linz, St Michael, Budapest, Prague, Budweis, Bratislava, Zagreb, Dresden and Berlin. The buses that the company operate have free wireless Internet as well as 15 plug sockets. Other on-board comforts include ample legroom and comfortable seats.

Berlin Continues to Lure Tourists during summer

Berlin, the capital city of Germany, remains a great tourist attraction for visitors to the country.

visitBerlin, the official City State of Berlin agency offering tourist services to its international visitors, has recently said that the city has registered around a 10% increase in international guests during April 2012, in spite of the fact that most of the Europe seems to be on downward slide of economies. Around 922,500 guests have visited the city, more than during the comparative prior year period from Germany and abroad.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office has reported that around 2.2 million room nights were booked during the month of April 2012, indicating a growth of 8.5% from that in the same period in 2011, with a high percentage of rooms being booked by international tourists.

Around 355,000 visitors from abroad spent around 953,000 nights in Berlin in April 2012, with a 9.7% increase from that in April 2011. The city seems to be a favourite for visitors from Turkey; visitors from the country to Berlin increased by around 61% in April 2012, over April 2011; followed by around 39% growth in visitors from Luxembourg; and 30% growth in visitors from both Estonia, and Gulf countries in Middle East.

Berlin covers an area of 891 square kilometres, making it nine times in size over Paris; and it has around 1,700 more bridges than the Italian destination of Venice. In 2011, the city hosted around 108,500 events, which saw a participation of around 8.26 million people.

In April 2012, the city had around 777 accommodations with 123,849 beds for visitors, ranging from ultra deluxe resorts and hotels to budget accommodations, said visitBerlin in its report.

Air Berlin Announces New Service to Kaliningrad in Russia

Air Berlin, the Germany-based airline company, is currently offering a new route, from Berlin in Germany to Kaliningrad, in Russia.

The airline will be flying the new route three times per week, having commenced the service on June 5, 2012.

Opening the new route, the airline chief executive officer, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, ‘The economic relations between Germany and Russia continue to grow, and this means an increased demand for air travel, especially in the market sector of business travel. No other airline connects these two cities non-stop from Germany. Our new route between Berlin and Kaliningrad fills this gap in the European route network.’

Dr. Till Bunse, director of marketing and public relations for Berlin Brandenburg Airport, said, ‘We are pleased that airberlin will fly non-stop from Berlin to Kaliningrad. For business travellers, the new route is an especially important addition to our Eastern European offerings.

Furthermore, travellers from Russia can transfer in Berlin and continue on airberlin flights in all directions.’

The airline will also be offering a new route from September 15, 2012, between Poland and Lithuania. Currently the Berlin hub is offering flights to and from Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany; as well as to Vienna (Austria), Milan (Italy), Paris (France), and Scandinavia. The new route will connect all of the existing routes to Kaliningrad, in Russia.

Andrey V Zverev, ambassador and trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany, said, ‘The opening of a new route between Berlin and Kaliningrad affirms the expansion of political, economic, scientific and cultural relations between our countries. As an airline, airberlin has already proven itself to be a reliable partner with high service quality. Therefore, we welcome this new route.’