easyJet’s Berlin Tegel base
Andrew Findley, CFO, easyJet (third left); Rainer Bretschneider, Chairman of the Board, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (fourth left); Thomas Haagensen, MD, easyJet Europe (third right); Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (second right); along with the inaugural flight crew herald the opening of the LCC’s new Berlin Tegel base. A special welcome gift was presented by Daldrup to Haagensen – a two metre tall and 50 kilogram ‘Buddy Bear’, produced by Berlin artist Andrej Wolff for easyJet Europe. This cheery ambassador for Berlin represents tolerance and peace and so suits flying from Berlin better than any other symbol.
The easyjet crew was welcomed to Düsseldorf by the airport’s Lutz Honerla, Head of Marketing & Strategy (left) and Ulrich Topp, Head of Aviation Marketing (right). The LCC commenced a multiple daily service from its new Berlin Tegel base on 7 January.
- easyJet celebrated its inaugural flight from Berlin Tegel base (TXL) on 5 January, and its first ever domestic flight in Germany. Flight EZY5569 to Munich (MUC) left the LCC’s second Berlin base at 10:30 that day and was joined by three other domestic routes to Düsseldorf (DUS), Frankfurt (FRA) and Stuttgart (STR) which all launched on 7 January, with up to eight flights per day. Ultimately in this initial launch phase the airline will offer services to 15 international destinations including the nine which started this week. As soon as easyJet is in full operation at Tegel, the airline anticipates transporting a total of 18 million passengers to and from Germany – to 116 destinations from its nine German airports. To achieve this, the LCC will station 37 aircraft in Germany in 2018, with one in every five easyJet passengers either starting or ending their journey in Germany. Thomas Haagensen, MD easyJet Europe said: “We are very happy that we’re able to expand our network from Berlin with the launch of our first routes from Tegel. Since the opening of our base in Schönefeld in 2004, 50 million people have already flown with us. We bring more Europeans to Berlin than any other airline. We’re looking forward to pooling our activities in Berlin at Berlin Brandenburg Airport as soon as the airport is open in October 2020. Then, Berlin will be the second largest easyJet base, twice the size of any other base, with the exception of London Gatwick.” See how Berlin Tegel and Düsseldorf airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.
||Berlin Tegel (TXL)
|Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
||TUIfly (1), Eurowings (1)
|Paris CDG (CDG)
|Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
||Austrian Airlines (36)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 9 January. WF = Weekly frequencies.