Latest new routes and bases (29 October – 4 November)
Berlin to London Gatwick
easyJet had the first scheduled departure from the brand-new Berlin Brandenburg on 1 November, marking the start of this new airport.
According to Flightradar24, U28210 took off at 0647 on the 948-kilometre service to London Gatwick. It was operated by an A320neo.
481,143 flew between Gatwick and both Schönefeld and Tegel in 2019, the UK CAA’s indicates. easyJet was the sole operator.
easyJet is currently operating Brandenburg – Gatwick twice-weekly. It picks up in December and it’ll be 11-weekly by mid-January.
The first arrival to touch down was Wizz Air from Varna at 0728. It was followed by Ryanair from Edinburgh at 0910 and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Airport at 1008.
Brandenburg opened Terminal 1 on 31 October, joining Terminal 5. Because of coronavirus, the opening of Terminal 2 has been postponed until March.
Route launches (A – Z by airline name)
Wizz Air opened its eighth Romanian base – at Bacau – on 29 October.
This becomes its 11th airport in the country, from which the ULCC has five initial destinations: Billund, Catania, Luton, Memmingen, and Rome Fiumicino.
Come January, Wizz Air will have 12 routes with the addition of Bologna, Brussels Charleroi, Larnaca, Liverpool, Milan Bergamo, Turin, and Venice. Note: Venice service later moves from Marco Polo to Treviso.
Bacau’s only other operator is Blue Air, which is a long-standing airline at the airport.
Whether the pair continue to compete directly to Luton is unclear, given Blue Air is moving (at least?) Bucharest to Heathrow.
Wizz Air replaces Blue Air to Liverpool (which operated between 2015 and earlier in 2020) and Bologna (a well-established route, operating for years until 2020).