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.

Eurowings to commence new Edinburgh – Munich route in March

Edinburgh Airport has announced a new direct service between Scotland’s capital and Munich by Eurowings.

The new five times weekly service – which will commence on March 31, 2017 – offers a greater choice of business and leisure links direct between Scotland and Europe. Munich was Edinburgh’s first twin city in 1954 and this new link will further build the business and cultural ties between Bavaria and Scotland, the airport reported.

The Eurowings flight will depart Edinburgh at 08.35 hours to reach Munich at 11.50 hours, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 13.15 hours to reach Munich at 16.30 hours, while on Sunday the flight will depart the Scottish capital at 08.15 hours to reach Munich at 11.30 hours. For return, the flight will leave Munich Airport at 06.30 hours on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays to arrive Munich at 0755 hours. On Tuesdays the flight will depart Edinburgh at 11.10 hours to reach Munich at 12.35 hours; while on Sunday, the flight will depart the Scottish capital at 06.10 hours to reach Munich at 07.35 hours.

Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said: ‘I am delighted that Edinburgh Airport has a direct new service into Bavaria; this offers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for connectivity between Scotland and the continent for both business and leisure passengers.

‘We are well on course to have handled in excess of 12 million passengers by the end of the year and we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.’

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: ‘VisitScotland plays a very important role in partnering airlines on innovative marketing programmes, helping to bring new and extended routes to Scotland’s network. We are delighted that Eurowings has introduced this new service from Munich, which will allow us to welcome even more visitors from one of Scotland’s biggest international markets.’

bmi regional expands key business routes from Bristol Airport

bmi regional has announced additions to its schedule for summer 2016 from Bristol Airport, with the addition of extra rotations and improved schedules.

The new 2016 summer schedule will add an additional ten flights to bmi regional’s existing seven routes, offering more flexible and convenient business travel from Bristol. As per the revised schedule, bmi regional will increase service and offer changed timings to Paris, improved connectivity via Frankfurt, a new double daily service to Dusseldorf and an additional Munich rotation.

The airline has announced a new evening rotation from Bristol to Paris (CDG), offering increased flexibility for business and leisure travellers. The summer 2016 schedule offers up to twice daily flights direct from Bristol to Paris, at fares starting £49 one way.

The new summer schedule from Bristol to Frankfurt will feature three daily weekday rotations with up to twice daily rotations on weekends. The improvements will also see improved connectivity with code-share partner Lufthansa, enabling links to and from a further 200 onward destinations. bmi regional fares from Bristol to Frankfurt start from GBP81 one way.

The airline has further increased services to Dusseldorf on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to twice daily, with the new timings enabling passengers to travel the city and back in the same day. Fares to Dusseldorf cost from £79 one way.

In addition, Bristol to Munich – one of bmi regional’s most popular routes – will now have a new Monday morning rotation. The new flights depart Bristol at 06.30am, arriving in Munich at 09.30, conveniently timed for early Monday meetings. The return flight departs Munich at 10.40, arriving in Bristol at 11.40. Fares cost from £81 one way.

Commenting on the service improvements, Chief Commercial Officer Jochen Schnadt said: ‘Bristol Airport is a key UK hub for bmi regional and one which we are continually growing and developing. With our convenient, comfortable and quality product we are all about connecting businesses and regions and these changes and additions to our network and schedule from the South West are a direct response to our customers’ requirements for improved connectivity.’

Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director said: ‘We are delighted with bmi regional’s expansion of its Bristol services. In particular the improved benefits of the additional flights to Dusseldorf which will offer a day return product on key days of the week. The new schedule on Paris Charles de Gaulle is also welcome as it provides improved connectivity for business and leisure passengers from both the UK and France.’

bmi regional to operate service from Bristol for Oktoberfest

bmi regional, a UK-based airline, is to provide services from Bristol to the cities with two of the biggest beer festivals in Germany, Munich and Hanover.

The service is intended to provide British revellers with access to Oktoberfest, a festival that despite its name actually starts this weekend and runs into October.

The 180th Munich Oktoberfest (www.oktoberfest.de) will start this Saturday, September 21, and it will run until October 6. Munich Oktoberfest is entertainment packed, with traditional live music from Bavarian bands, costume parades and child discounts on fairground rides and performances on Tuesdays. The Festival features 14 large ‘tents’ serving beers. The tents are huge, with some housing almost 6,000 inside seats, in addition to over 1,000 standing spots.

Extending from September 21 to 0ctober 6, all tents at Munich Oktoberfest open at either 9am or 10am and close at 11:30pm, with last orders at 10:30pm.

Considered the world’s second largest beer festival, the 16-day Hannover Oktoberfest (www.oktoberfest-hannover.de) starts ten days after the Munich Festival and runs until October 13.

Two large tents have a seating capacity for a thousand beer drinkers. The tents will remain open from 2pm until 11pm, Monday to Thursday, and until midnight, Friday to Sunday. Wednesdays – October 2 and 9 – are family days featuring children’s discos and entertainment. On September 27, October 4 and 11 at 9.45 pm, the night skies across the city centre will be lit up by fireworks.

bmi regional has flights from Bristol to Munich from only £79 per person one way, and from Bristol to Hannover from only £70 per person one way. All adult one-way flight prices include 20kg checked baggage and complimentary in-flight food and bar service. A 30-minute check-in facility is intended to help beer fans to maximise their time at the festivals.

 

More English Fans to Travel to Munich after Chelsea Victory

More English football fans than have tickets are expected to descend on Munich, in Germany, for the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League final to be played on May 19, 2012, between Chelsea and German club, Bayern Munich, at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

TravelSupermarket, an online comparison website for travel options, has reported that online searches for flight tickets to Munich by Chelsea fans have increased dramatically, by around 3,000 percent, even though a large number of fans will not be able to obtain tickets for the match.

Chelsea football club has been officially allotted 17,500 tickets for the final, but the company report predicts that the number of British fans likely to travel will be well in excess of this number.

Bob Atkinson, a company travel expert, said, ‘In addition to the 17,000-plus fans with tickets, many thousands more will be hoping to travel to Munich in order to bag a last minute ticket. As well as this, many Chelsea fans will travel to simply be in Munich to soak up the atmosphere of the final. This year is one of those rare occasions when one of the teams in the final is from the host city, so there will be a real festival atmosphere throughout the city with lots of big screens, as well bars and restaurants showing the game.

Demand for direct flights to Munich around the time of the game are set to be at a premium, so my advice for travelling fans would be to investigate alternatives such as flights to other German and Austrian cities as well as ferries, trains and even car hire on the continent in order to make your way to Munich – you might even save yourself some money compared to the cost of flights.’

Worlds smallest 5 star hotel

AT 2.5 METRES wide and with just 53 square metres of floor space – this luxury lodging  is the world’s smallest five-star hotel.

 

The Eh’hausl hotel in Amberg, Germany, would be a perfect location for vertically-challenged jet-setters such as Tom Cruise, Bernie Ecclestone or even French PM Nicolas Sarkozy to make a short getaway.

 

Although Mr Sarkozy’s 5’9″ supermodel wife, Carla Bruni, may have to watch her head if she tries to enter the diminutive domicile.

 

From the outside, the EUR240/GBP210 per night hotel looks as though it has been sandwiched in between two neighbouring buildings.

 

But its deceptive frontage disguises a luxurious interior packed with a range of full-sized treats.

 

Guests at the Hobbit-style hotel, located around 130 km/80 miles from Munich, can expect to find flatscreen TVs, gold-trimmed furniture and a spa bathroom across its six floors.

 

And just like its larger counterparts, there is, of course, a mini-bar.

 

Described by its owners as a ‘luxury hermitage’, the hotel is unmanned, with guests handed keys to the building when they check-in.

 

Upon opening the doors they are greeted by the strains of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ emanating from invisible speakers in the walls.

 

El Hausl is fully booked months in advance, although this owes much to the fact that it can only house one couple at a time.

 

A hotel spokesperson said: “The hotel is very popular with guests from all over the world, from South Africa, America, England and Russia.

 

“As well as the size our guests are always very impressed by our hotel’s historic background.”

 

Translated from the German as ‘Wedding House’, the Eh-hausl was built in 1728 after the local council decreed that couples could only get married if they owned a residence.

 

Spotting a business opportunity, a local merchant built the small, cheap house and sold it to young couples who would live in it for a matter of weeks while they carried out their nuptials.

 

After they were married, they would sell it on to another pair of would-be newlyweds.

 

According to local legend, people who spend just one night at the hotel can enjoy a blissful, lifelong marriage.