Eurowings to set up a base at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport
From April 1, Eurowings will base three of its Airbus A320s at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. The low-cost recreation specialist says that with one in three flights from the airport becoming a Eurowings flight, he is preparing to take residents of the German capital to their “ well-deserved ” vacation after the lockdown ends.
It makes sense, says CEO
While locks and travel restrictions remain firmly in place, Eurowings is strategically planning for the future. Early next month, the carrier will park three of its Airbus A320s at BER.
âBerlin is and will remain an absolute tourist magnet and one of the most exciting metropolises in Europe, both culturally and historically. It is therefore logical that we, as the leading German tourist airline, extend our presence in the capital by opening our own base.
“We are very happy to be able to take the residents of Berlin and Brandenburg to their well-deserved vacation soon after the lockdown ends,” said Eurowings CEO Jens Bischof.
This decision is partly reactionary, recovering market share from other operators who left the German market following the crisis.
“Others are leaving, we are staying here,” Said Mr Bischof.
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Every third flight from BER is a Eurowings jet
Eurowings already has a strong presence in Berlin Brandenburg. As of February 2021, every third departure from BER was a Eurowings flight, and the airline has taken off from the airport more than 1,000 times since its inauguration in October 2020.
With the opening of the new base, the airline will connect Berlin to Cologne, DÃ¼sseldorf and Stuttgart up to three times a day, with a few days even more departures. The focus will be on popular departure times outside of peak hours.
BER’s summer schedule will complement sun destinations such as Greece, Croatia, Corsica and Mallorca with routes serving a growing segment of families and home visits, for example to Beirut in Lebanon.
Potential jobs for layoffs at Lufthansa
In addition, parking planes and crew at BER will create more than 100 direct jobs, the airline said. Eurowings also added that pilots and cabin crew affected by bankruptcies or other airline withdrawals in recent years would now have the option of returning to the capital.
The carrier recently reached an agreement with the Verdi union that will allow it to avoid laying off cabin crew and ground staff until at least March 2022. In addition, the airline has announced plans to hire alumni. Lufthansa employees who lost their jobs due to the crisis. .
It’s not just a new base in Berlin that Eurowings is gearing up to prepare for when leisure demand starts to pick up. The carrier announced earlier this month that it would begin offering flights from Manchester and Birmingham in the UK to holiday destinations in Spain’s Balearic Islands.
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