easyJet now #2 in Berlin serving over 40 destinations

Earlier this year, easyJet celebrated 10 years of operations from Berlin Schönefeld. During that time the airline has, at one time or another, operated non-stop services to 56 destinations, of which 43 were still active this summer. As a result, easyJet has the second biggest route network from Berlin, beaten only by local carrier airberlin.

easyJet’s first services to the German capital began in the summer of 2004 with flights from London Luton on 28 April. The airline’s first German base celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, and this summer ranked as the carrier’s sixth busiest base with 279 weekly departures (beaten by London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Geneva, London Luton and Paris CDG). As a result of Lufthansa’s transfer of services to its lower-cost subsidiary germanwings, easyJet is now the second biggest carrier across Berlin’s two airports (Schönefeld and Tegel), beaten only by hometown airline airberlin.

Airline (Berlin airport) Weekly Seats Weekly flights Destinations Change in weekly seats(Oct 14 v Oct 13)
airberlin (TXL) 138,352 833 63 +11.3%
easyJet (SXF) 50,616 310 38 -0.3%
Lufthansa (TXL) 42,270 246 4 -36.7%
germanwings (TXL) 32,251 222 27 +110.9%
Norwegian (SXF) 8,108 44 10 +41.6%
Ryanair (SXF) 7,749 41 6 +46.4%
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 6 October 2014 and w/c 7 October 2013.

easyJet’s network has grown steadily rather than spectacularly in recent years, with a mix of year-round and seasonal destinations. This summer saw the airline operate more weekly flights and offer services to more destinations than in any previous season.

Chart - easyJet at Berlin SXF 2004-2014

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for February and August of each year.

During the last decade a total of 56 destinations have been served at some time or another, with 43 of those operating this summer. The following table summarises easyJet’s route development at Berlin Schönefeld on a year-by-year basis. Since 2006, between two and four new destinations have been added each year, with Tel Aviv (4 February 2014) and Faro (21 June 2014) being the most recent additions.

Season Launched Suspended
2004 Athens, Barcelona, Basel, Bratislava, Bristol, Budapest, Copenhagen, Geneva, Krakow, Liverpool, Ljubljana, London LTN, Madrid, Naples, Newcastle, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paris ORY, Riga, Tallinn
2005 Belfast BFS, London LGW, Maastricht, Milan MXP, Olbia, Pisa, Rome CIA, Valencia Bratislava
2006 Glasgow, Malaga Krakow, Ljubljana, Newcastle, Valencia
2007 Brussels, Lisbon, Lyon, Venice VCE Maastricht
2008 Heraklion, Ibiza, Thessaloniki Belfast BFS, Riga, Tallinn
2009 Cagliari, Dubrovnik
2010 Amsterdam, Corfu, Gothenburg, Split
2011 Agadir, Manchester, Rome FCO, Tenerife TFS Gothenburg, Rome CIA
2012 Marrakech, Mykonos, Rhodes Ibiza
2013 Edinburgh, London SEN, Salzburg, Sofia
2014 Faro, Tel Aviv
Source: anna.aero New Route Database.

No new destinations are planned to start this winter, and so far the airline has not revealed any new destinations from Berlin for 2015.

UK flights down 6% but still leading country market

The UK remains easyJet’s biggest country market from Berlin, though the number of monthly flights is down 6% this October compared with the same period last year. Greece (+21%), Spain (+12%) and Netherlands (+11%) have shown the biggest percentage increases, while Austria and Israel are new country markets this year thanks to the launch of Salzburg services (on 12 December 2013) and Tel Aviv.

Chart: easyJet at Berlin Schönefeld - Leading country markets by monthly departures - (change in monthly departures versus October 2013)

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for October 2013 and October 2014.


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