Latest new routes and bases (29 October – 4 November)

Berlin to London Gatwick

easyJet takes off from Berlin Brandenburg; airport's first scheduled flight

easyJet flight 8210 was the first scheduled departure from Berlin Brandenburg, destination: London Gatwick. The carrier had over 481,000 passengers between Gatwick and Berlin in 2019.

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 LCC’s departure to Gatwick was followed by other company departures to Amsterdam (departed at 0708) and Palma (0728).  The first non-orange take-off was by Ryanair to Bologna at 0746.

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.

Read more: Brandenburg will have 83 routes in the week starting 8 November, with Munich top.

Route launches (A – Z by airline name)

Wizz Air begins Bacau base, its eighth in Romania

Wizz Air opened its eighth base, and 11th airport, in Romania on 29 October.

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.

The two carriers will compete directly to Larnaca, Luton, Milan Bergamo, Rome Fiumicino, and Turin.  They’ll also compete indirectly to Brussels and Munich.

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).

Wizz Air begins Bacau base, its eighth in Romania

A number of routes have understandably been pushed back because of coronavirus. But come January, all of the following should be in operation. Venice later switches from Marco Polo to Treviso.


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