germanwings opens new Berlin route to Maastricht to avoid eco tax


A member of germanwings’ cabin crew and the captain celebrated the arrival in Maastricht with Rainer Schwarz, CEO Berlin Airports; Thomas Winkelmann, CEO germanwings; and Sander Heijmans, CEO Maastricht Aachen Airport. (Photo: Berlin Airports/Christian Kruppa)

  • germanwings on 27 March launched five new routes. Four of the routes are between the airline’s German bases and Italy, all of which operate seasonally until 11 September. Cologne/Bonn (CGN) notably stood for two of those new routes at the German end and Bari (BRI) in the south of Italy received two routes at the Italian end. Notably, the other two Italian destinations are both in the north of the country. From Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), the airline expanded its network with 12 weekly flights to Maastricht (MST) in the Netherlands, close to the German and Belgian borders. As reported earlier, the route targets domestic German traffic, but avoids the German aviation tax at the Dutch end. germanwings is not the first airline to operate between Berlin SXF and Maastricht. Back in April 2005, easyJet started double-daily flights between the two airports, before reducing frequency to daily and finally abandoning the route in January 2007. The airline’s CEO Thomas Winkelmann commented: “We are fully returning the lower costs at Maastricht-Aachen back to our passengers though lower fares. We thank Maastricht Airport for having welcomed us here with open arms.”

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