BERLIN, Germany – EasyJet is ready to take off to new destinations after stationing its tenth aircraft at the Berlin site. Starting with the summer flight schedule, the airline will be offering a direct connection from Berlin Schönefeld to Bordeaux. Additional new destinations are Toulouse, Priština and Catania. easyJet also plays an important role for tourism in the capital city.
Strong partner for Berlin
Berlin Schönefeld Airport and easyJet have been successful partners for many years. The airline opened its first German base in Berlin in 2004. Since that start, the company has steadily expanded its operations at the location. “easyJet has been a valued partner for twelve years and has developed into the airline with the largest market share in Schönefeld,” says Dr Karsten Mühlenfeld, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. “Growth at the site has been strongly influenced by easyJet and has made a major contribution to Schönefeld becoming the largest low-cost site in Germany. That is why we are especially pleased about the stationing of the tenth aircraft and the announcement of the new destinations Bordeaux, Priština, Toulouse and Catania.”
Bordeaux — the highlight of the summer flight schedule
“Let’s go surfing!” Starting immediately, easyJet will take summer holidaymakers looking for sports activities straight from the German capital to the French surfing spots in the vicinity of Bordeaux. The French city is still a great highlight for wine-lovers as well, however. The surrounding wine-growing region of the same name with about 3,000 vineyards is the largest contiguous wine region in the world. The city itself is well worth the trip; historical buildings, numerous museums and the immediate proximity to the Atlantic are among the factors making Bordeaux an attractive destination.
Furthermore, the airline will be flying to Toulouse and Priština starting in spring and at the end of June, the offered routes will be expanded by the addition of Berlin–Catania. During the summer season, easyJet will be flying a total of 44 routes from the capital city, including a large selection of popular holiday routes and important business destinations. “We are continuing to invest in the Berlin location,” says Thomas Haagensen, Managing Director easyJet Germany. “We are delighted to station our tenth aircraft in Berlin.
Using our fleet here, we will fly the equivalent of 15 aircraft in terms of routes and frequencies. Furthermore, the new aircraft will not only provide new destinations, but will also create 36 new jobs as a direct result.” A total of 400 employees will be working for easyJet in Berlin and more than 500 all across Germany, all of them with German employment contracts. This summer, easyJet will be offering 87 routes nationwide in Germany.
easyJet brings tourists to Berlin
The airline is continuing to gain in importance for tourism in Berlin. In 2015, more than 4.8 million passengers flew from and to Berlin Schönefeld with easyJet — 6.6% more than in the previous year. More than 46 million passengers have flown from and to Germany with easyJet since 2004 — more than 30 million of them from and to Berlin.
More than half of all of the easyJet passengers in Berlin are visitors from other European countries. Burkhard Kieker, Managing Director visitBerlin, emphasises: “We are delighted indeed that our guests from the south-west of France will find it even easier to visit Berlin in the future. The new direct flight Berlin–Bordeaux is a great benefit for everyone concerned. Our city has something special for everyone’s taste — every day of the year, any time of day.”