The month of May sees airberlin flying from Berlin-Tegel to four new destinations in Europe: Berlin’s largest airline has flights to Jerez (beginning 6 May), Jersey (14 May), Dubrovnik (21 May) and Split (22 May) in its schedule. The airberlin crew are clearly looking forward to the new connections: Remy Lignie, Flight Attendant; Bogdan Turbatu, Flight Attendant; Claudia Hahn, Flight Attendant; Barbara Rauscher, First Officer; Roland Mügge, Captain; Denise Mietling, Flight Attendant; and Julio Evora Leon, Flight Attendant.
Blink and you would miss it…yes that’s a US flag being hung out of the pilot’s window on the inaugural airberlin flight from Düsseldorf to San Francisco ‒ the thrice-weekly service started on 6 May.
- airberlin has used the last seven days to start seven new routes, not bad for an airline which is still shrinking its network as it seeks to stem its losses. The longest sector distance of the seven services was on the airport pair from Düsseldorf (DUS) to San Francisco (SFO), at 8,956 kilometres, while the shortest was the 1,407-kilometre link from Nuremberg (NUE) to Ibiza (IBZ). The average weekly frequency of the seven new routes is 1.7. Three of the seven destination airports are already served from some of the airline’s other German bases – Funchal (FNC) from Leipzig/Halle, Berlin Tegel, Munich, Düsseldorf and Zurich; Fuerteventura from Berlin Tegel, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne Bonn, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Zurich; and Ibiza from Basel, Frankfurt, Berlin Tegel, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne Bonn, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Zurich. The four remaining city pairs are unique to airberlin.
||Cologne Bonn (CGN)
||Condor (2), SunExpress Germany (2)
||Berlin Tegel (TXL)
||San Francisco (SFO)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 10 May.