Thursday 28 June witnessed a rare day in European aviation. That was the day that TUIfly.com launched scheduled services from a ‘new’ airport in southern Bavaria. While this may have marked the start of commercial flights from Allgäu Airport, the runway has actually been around since 1935 when a military airport was created at what was then called Memmingerberg.
Located around 100km west of Munich and 110km south-east of Stuttgart, the future looked uncertain for the facility when the military finally left in 2003, but a year later permission was granted to operate the airport for commercial flights. Since then, despite a number of protests, around €10 million has been invested in the airport and now TUIfly is basing a 737-300 there for the summer.
TUIfly starts with mix of domestic and international flights for summer
There are daily domestic flights to Berlin and Hamburg and a selection of holiday routes for locals to take advantage of. The summer schedule is as follows:
|06:00 – 13:00||Antalya (7)|
|06:35 – 09:35||Berlin Tegel (x7)|
|10:05 – 14:45||Palma (15)|
|10:10 – 13:00||Venice (24)|
|10:10 – 14:00||Naples (36)|
|15:00 – 21:35||Heraklion (6)|
|15:15 – 18:15||Hamburg (x6)|
|18:35 – 21:35||Berlin Tegel (x6)|
|An extra service to/from Venice is operated on Sundays but operated as a “W” flight out of Venice.|
Free parking – but only for first 100 days
To help stimulate traffic, parking at the airport will be free for the first 100 days of scheduled services. Prices will remain cheap after that, with daily parking at just €5, and parking for up to eight days at just €15.
A new terminal building is still being completed, which will have 10 check-in desks and an estimated annual capacity of 500,000 passengers. Guided tours of the facility are offered on the airport’s website, but have proved so popular that they have stopped taking bookings for the time being. The airport’s website is currently available in German, Italian and English, even though there are no flights to the UK as yet.
The runway at just under 3,000m is more than adequate for intra-European services and would support longer haul flights as well.
TUIfly adds capacity for winter – new routes to Cologne/Bonn and Rome
So confident are TUIfly in the airport’s potential that a second aircraft will be based here from the start of the winter season. New destinations which will then be provided include a daily flight to Cologne/Bonn, a thrice-weekly service to Rome Ciampino and weekly flights to Fuerteventura and Las Palmas.
However, services to Antalya, Heraklion and Venice will be suspended, probably until next summer. On the positive side, domestic services to Hamburg will be increased to double-daily.
Website is at: www.allgaeu-airport.de