Air Berlin expands its route network
Air Berlin is continuing to go for growth in its strategically important markets in 2010. These include not only Italy and Spain, but also the airline’s Scandinavian network and the expanding markets of Eastern Europe.
Air Berlin’s takeover of TUIfly’s city routes had already added a large number of new destinations, direct flights and even more connecting flights by the time the winter timetable came into operation.
Air Berlin currently operates non-stop flights between 14 German and 14 Italian airports. Consequently the airline’s network from Milan-Malpensa, Naples and Rome-Fiumicino is stronger than ever. Optimised departure times make these services more interesting for holidaymakers and also appeal increasingly to business travellers. New services from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg or Stuttgart to Bari, Brindisi and Naples make southern Italy even more accessible.
Spain is traditionally one of the most important markets for Air Berlin. The airline has now been the market leader at Majorca’s Son Sant Joan airport for eight years in succession. Air Berlin has further improved the structure of this hub to safeguard Majorca’s important role for the future. From this summer onwards turnovers are synchronised so that on the one hand the excellent connections between the Balearic island and Germany, Austria and Switzerland are maintained, while also integrating new non-stop flights between Germany and the Spanish mainland.
Air Berlin will be optimising its hub structure in time for the summer of 2010 with the aim of also generating even more transfer options and further growth in passenger numbers in Berlin. At that stage Air Berlin will be providing more than 6,000 weekly connections to and from Berlin with 22 aircraft operating in six waves a day.
The airline’s dense domestic German route network is also undergoing constant improvements. The takeover of TUIfly’s city routes means that Air Berlin passengers from Cologne and Stuttgart, for instance, now have a choice of even more flights and destinations. With the start of its summer timetable, Air Berlin will be offering new non-stop services to Algiers (once a week), Brindisi (twice a week), Rimini (three times a week) and Tel Aviv (three times a week). In addition there will be more frequent flights, e.g. to Catania, Corfu, Tenerife and Salzburg.
From spring onwards Air Berlin will be intensifying its presence in Israel by operating nine non-stop services a week from Germany to Tel Aviv. From March 2010 a third non-stop flight linking the capital cities will be added to the existing two direct connections between Tel Aviv and Berlin.
Starting this summer, Air Berlin will be operating direct flights to Burgas, Dubrovnik, Pristina, Sofia, Split, Varna and Krakow, as well offering non-stop services to Romania and Gdansk. The flights to Gdansk are available four times a week – every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – from Berlin-Tegel. From Munich there will be one flight a week on Tuesday to Constanta on the Romanian Black Sea coast. Convenient non-direct flights are operated by NIKI, our partner airline, with connections from numerous German and other European airports to Bucharest and to the Serbian city of Belgrade via the hub in Vienna.
Several major services to Scandinavia will be further expanded in time for the summer schedule. The number of flights between Gothenburg and Berlin, for instance, will be increased from one to two a day, a morning and an evening flight. On the routes from Oslo and Helsinki to Berlin-Tegel the flights will be increased from one to two on weekdays.