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23 November 2012

Strategic expansion in Central Europe: airberlin opens new route and increases flight frequencies from Berlin to Poland

  • New: up to three flights a day Berlin – Warsaw from 23rd March 2013
  • Additional flight frequencies: up to three flights a day Berlin – Krakow from 23rd March 2013

airberlin is expanding its route network competencies in Poland and from 23rd March 2013 will operate up to three flights a day from Berlin to Warsaw. The Polish capital is already the third destination in Poland for Germany‘s second largest airline. In addition airberlin will increase the number of flights from Berlin to Krakow, also from 23rd March 2013, thereby operating a total of up to 48 flights a week from Berlin to its European neighbour.

At today’s press conference in Warsaw, Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, said: “We have strategically revised our network for the summer of 2013. The adjustments and new introductions on the flight schedule are in line with our drive for increased efficiency. In the future we will concentrate even more on our core business areas, that is, our touristic flight programme and our scheduled services. The main priority here is to strengthen the visibility of the airline in strategic core markets such as Central and Eastern Europe.”

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Strategy and Network Planning Officer airberlin, added: “Starting on 23rd March 2013, we will be the carrier with the largest number of flights on offer from Berlin to Warsaw, operating up to three flights day. At the same time we will also increase the number of flights to Krakow. We continue to focus on our guests from Poland. In the current year around 40,000 flight guests from Poland have flown with us. Travellers from Poland have excellent connections to our worldwide flight network via our hub in Berlin. One example is Chicago, since the new nonstop scheduled flights to Chicago will start at the same time as the connection between Warsaw and Berlin.”

Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Brandenburg Airport: “I am delighted to be in Warsaw today. From March 2013, airberlin will be integrating Warsaw in its route network, and thus further expanding its hub in Berlin. The new service improves the connections between the Polish and the German capital, and at the same time provides additional transfer options for Polish passengers in Berlin, particularly for long-haul flights. Poland is a key market for us, a market with vast future potential and we acknowledge this in many ways; for example by providing our Polish-speaking passengers with information in their native language on our website or on fliers.”

On Mondays to Fridays airberlin operates three flights a day from Berlin to Warsaw. On weekends, there is one flight on Saturdays and two flights on Sundays. Under the current winter schedule airberlin flies twice a day on Mondays to Fridays to Krakow and Gdansk, while on Saturdays and Sundays there is one flight a day to these cities. From 23rd March 2013, the airline will increase its flight service to Krakow to three flights a day. For travellers from Poland, there are connection options to up to nine destinations within Germany, up to 41 destinations in the European route network and to seven destinations in the intercontinental route network. These include Dusseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo as well as Barcelona, Rome and Tel Aviv.Long-haul destinations on offer include Abu Dhabi, New York and, from 23rd March 2013, also Chicago. With airberlin’s partner Etihad Airways flight guests can book up to 26 destinations within the joint codeshare network to Australia, Asia and Africa.
 

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