British Airways announces new route from Heathrow to Nuremberg

British Airways has said that it will be introducing a new destination to its Heathrow short-haul network, Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich.

The airline plans to initially operate four flights per week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting on the March 27, 2022, and then intends to increase the schedule to six per week starting from May 1, 2022 and four times a week in winter, from October 30, 2022 to March 25, 2023. Flights will be operating from London Heathrow Terminal 3.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘After over 20 months of travel restrictions we know our customers are looking for new and exciting places to visit, so the addition of this route to our short-haul network ahead of the summer season is perfect timing for anyone who would like to plan their trips for the year ahead.

‘Nuremburg offers something for everyone, ranging from sightseeing in the sunshine to exploring the German markets at Christmas, so we hope our customers take full advantage of this new destination to our network.’

British Airways’ return flights to Nuremberg will start from £69 in Euro Traveller and £202 in Club Europe. Or customers can use Avios as part payment, £59 plus 1,000 Avios or £72 plus 24,500 Avios in Euro Traveller and Club Europe respectively.

Customers travelling in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Cafe, in advance of travel, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight directly to their seat using their mobile device. Customers travelling in Club Europe (business class) have access to priority check in, lounges and restaurant style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s ‘Best of British’ menus.

Last month, British Airways CityFlyer also announced new short-haul routes from London City to Luxembourg, Barcelona, Guernsey, Jersey, Milan and Thessaloniki operating from March 2022.

The airline has also relaunched new gateways to the US, through the Atlantic Joint Business, such as London to Portland and Barcelona to Los Angeles as well as the addition of the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira to British Airways’ Heathrow short-haul network launching this summer.

Lufthansa announces new connection to Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airlines has said that it will open up a new connection between Liverpool and Frankfurt, Germany.

Starting May 4, 2022 the German carrier will offer nonstop flights for the first time from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to its main hub in Frankfurt. Transferring passengers from Liverpool can soon easily connect through Frankfurt to over 150 destinations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

‘Lufthansa will be the first global network airline in Liverpool with easy reach to destinations on 4 continents’, says Heinrich Lange, Senior Director Sales Northern Europe Lufthansa Group Airlines. ‘As a premium carrier we will be the only airline at John Lennon Airport to offer seats in Business Class and all the amenities of a full service approach. This new route is also good news for incoming business; Liverpool is among the five most visited cities in the UK, known as the city of music, football and trade and will benefit tremendously from this new international route.’

This will be the first time in its 66 years’ history in Britain that Lufthansa as one of Europe’s leading airlines will take off at Liverpool with its Airbus A320 (168 seats) or its Bombardier CRJ900 (90 seats). With a flight time of just one hour and 40 minutes, passengers from Liverpool will reach Frankfurt, Europe’s financial centre that is also close to the famous Rheingau wineries. Members of Miles & More can earn and spend their miles also on these new flights.

John Irving, CEO Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented, ‘It has been a long held desire of both the Airport and the City Region as a whole to reconnect Liverpool with the world and we are therefore absolutely delighted to be welcoming Lufthansa to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

To be able to connect Liverpool globally via Frankfurt will bring huge benefits to the business sector across our region both now and into the future and of course will now enable the world to easily connect into Liverpool to visit our brilliant city and the surrounding areas.

Lufthansa is such an iconic, five star airline. The links that their global network and that of their Star Alliance partner airlines brings are second to none and in partnership with key stakeholders across the region, we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa in preparation for the commencement of this important new route in May 2022.’

Liverpool will be Lufthansa Group’s 11th destination in Great Britain. Next summer, Lufthansa is planning up to more than 700 weekly connections to Great Britain as one of its top European markets for its leisure and business travellers.

Lufthansa announces daily service from Bristol to Frankfurt

Lufthansa is set to commence a new daily service from Bristol Airport to Frankfurt, starting June 28, 2021.

This is the first Frankfurt service for Lufthansa from Bristol strengthening the South West’s accessibility to Germany. The new route will provide business travellers with increased opportunity to trade in one of the world’s leading financial centres and adds onward connections for leisure travellers. Frankfurt is a popular for world-class attractions, including the opera house, Goethe Museum and the Deutsches Film Museum, with much to explore for tourists and culture seekers.

Commenting on the new service, Andreas Koster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said: ‘We are looking forward to resuming our Bristol service this upcoming summer and offering our customers great connectivity within our world-wide, multi-hub system. As one of the largest carriers in Europe, with just a short stopover in Frankfurt, our customers will have access to hundreds of connections to numerous destinations within our vast, global network.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly positive news for Bristol Airport and the region. Lufthansa is a major global airline and this decision shows confidence in air travel returning to normal. The new daily service commencing 28 June between Bristol and Frankfurt opens up a wide range of European and worldwide connections to our customers. Frankfurt is a great city whether for business or leisure and the link between Bristol and Frankfurt allows us to promote the South West and Wales region to inbound visitors from Germany and beyond. Today’s news is a strong indication of the confidence in the region. We see great potential for this new service and will work with Lufthansa on other exciting route opportunities in the future.’

The Frankfurt service will also provide increased connectivity to long-haul destinations including Tokyo, Cape Town and Singapore. With a global, multi-hub network fares to Frankfurt from Bristol start from £104 return (including taxes, fees, carrier charges and carry on baggage) and are available to book now at lufthansa.com.

Eurowings resume flights between Newcastle and Dusseldorf

Eurowings has resumed operations between Newcastle and Dusseldorf – the tenth airline to restart flights from the North East’s largest airport.

The airline had stopped flying between the two cities in April following the COVID-19 pandemic, but has restarted operating three flights every week and plans to increase to six flights per week from November. Eurowings will operate the route on its Airbus A320 aircraft which will provide more than 1,000 seats between Newcastle and Dusseldorf each week.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport said: ‘We’re delighted to see Eurowings return to the Airport and look forward to welcoming passengers for their trips to Dusseldorf. The connection between the two cities has been established for many years and continues to be a very important connection for the region’s business and leisure passengers.

‘There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for the aviation industry however it is positive to see the tenth of our airline partners resuming operations from our Airport.’

Newcastle Airport had announced its Ten Point Plan of measures ahead of passengers returning in June. The plan ensures the terminal is safer for all and includes mandatory face mask wearing, and hand sanitiser stations.

Eurowings is the first German airline to launch a free middle seat that can be booked in advance of the flight. The new offer can be booked in all seat rows and on all Eurowings routes within Europe – subject to availability. The free middle seat is priced at EUR18 per flight. Currently, the new service can be booked via the Eurowings Service Center +49 180 6 320 320.

‘The positive feedback during the test phase showed us very clearly that our guests often want more comfort and distance on board. We therefore assume that the free middle seat will become a very important product for travel in the future,’ said Eurowing’s CEO Jens Bischof.

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced a new route to Munich from London City Airport.

The new year-round service was launched last Saturday. With the new service, British Airways now offers four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £64 based on a return journey.

Besides its beer heritage and annual Oktoberfest, Munich is home to 18 world renowned museums and arts venues. Munich is a gateway to Bavaria’s scenic sightseeing routes, including palaces and castles. The ski slopes of the Bavarian Alps are also less than an hour’s drive away.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘Germany is such an important destination for both business and leisure customers, so the addition of Munich to our schedule has been welcomed by everyone who flies from London City. With well-timed frequent flights there are plenty of options for customers who either want to do a day trip or stay for longer.

‘Munich complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we now fly 82 return flights a week to Germany this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Munich is a German powerhouse of a city, attracting leisure and business travellers alike. Its gaining popularity is reflected in the frequency of this new three-times-a-day British Airways service, which makes travel between Munich and the centre of London easier and quicker thanks to the convenience of London City Airport.

‘It’s not just the world-famous Oktoberfest that brings thousands of visitors to explore Munich. Alongside the city’s beer halls are public parks, historic architecture, and a leading centre for business – home to globally recognised firms. Through British Airways’ continued growth at its London City base, we are keeping London connected to Europe – enabling trade and tourism in both directions.’

In 2019, British Airways has also increased frequency to Berlin from the Docklands airport to 18 return flights a week. Further, the airline is investing £6.5 billion to improve its customer experience over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways announces Christmas holiday breaks to European destinations

British Airways has announced Christmas festive getaway programmes to European winter destinations and Christmas markets including Berlin, Innsbruck, Stockholm and Vienna from major UK airports, with fares starting from £129 per person.

Starting November 27 to December 26, 2017, British Airways Holidays (BAH) will offer a two-night holiday from Heathrow to Berlin, with stay arranged at the three-star Days Inn Berlin West, from £149 per person. The German capital has more than 60 Christmas markets across the city throughout November and December.

Starting November 15 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two-night holidays to Innsbruck from London Gatwick, with stay arranged at the four-star Alphotel Innsbruck, from £179 per person.

From December 1 to December 24, BAH offers three-night holiday breaks to Nuremberg from Gatwick, with its famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter, among other city and market experiences. The stay is arranged at the four-star NH Forsthaus Furth Nurnberg hotel, from £209 per person. Starting December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018, BAH will offer two nights to Prague from London Heathrow, with stay arranged at the four-star Duo, from £129 per person. Christmas markets are held in the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and the Havelska market (Havelske trZiSte).

Further, from November 19 to December 23, 2017 BAH is offering UK holidaymakers from Heathrow a chance to enjoy Stockholm’s Christmas markets – some of the most traditional in Europe with the Skansen on the park island of Djurgarden. The two nights stay is at the three-star Scandic Prince Philip, from £159 per person. In addition, from November 18 to December 30, 2017, BAH is offering, from Heathrow, two-holidays to Vienna. The stay is arranged at the three-star Donauwalzer hotel, from £129 per person.

Tickets can be booked until October 31, and includes Euro Traveller return flights and accommodation with breakfast, the airline said.

Eurowings announces new service between Newquay and Stuttgart

Eurowings, a budget airline and part of Lufthansa, is set to add a Newquay-Stuttgart route to its portfolio with a once weekly flight every Saturday as of March 31, 2018.

The new weekly route will run for summer 2018. The flight will depart from Stuttgart at 08:25 and will arrive at Newquay at 10:25. The flight from Newquay departs at 10:55 and will reach Stuttgart at 12:50.

The new flight comes as Eurowings continues to increase connectivity between Cornwall and Germany. In addition, the airline has extended the season of its Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, to October 20. In total Eurowings will operate two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.

Markus Leopold, Regional Manager UK at Eurowings, said: ‘We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future.’

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay added, ‘We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall and Germany.’

The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can be booked at www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. Holidaymakers are also offered the option to book budget package holidays on the website through the Eurowings Holidays tour operator. These combine the new flight options with hotel offers, Cornwall Airport said in its release.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has registered a significant increase in its passenger traffic this summer. The airport handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, an increase of 30 percent. The airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of eight percent and will reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits, the airport noted.

 

bmi regional announces three new European routes from Birmingham Airport

bmi regional has announced three new destinations – Graz, Austria; Nuremburg, Germany; and Gothenburg, Sweden – from Birmingham starting early 2017 as the European regional airline plans to launch a new base at Birmingham Airport.

Featured in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, Graz lies on the River Mur and will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. Besides being a cultural hotspot, Graz also presents key attractions for motorsports and golf enthusiasts.

bmi regional’s seventh destination in Germany, the Bavarian city of Nuremberg is the second largest city in the region after Munich. Nuremberg has vast arts and culture sites for tourists and features a host of museums dedicated to design, painting and modern art.

With its diverse culture and vibrant nightlife, Gothenburg is a popular mini break destination. Just two hours’ flying time from Birmingham, Gothenburg will be bmi regional’s fourth destination in Sweden.

The Graz flight will commence on February 27, 2017, initially with a twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays, increasing to four times weekly in March. Fares will start from  £99.00 one way. The Nuremberg and Gothenburg routes will start on May 8, 2017, with six return flights per week. Fares start from £79.00 one way and £89.00 one way respectively.

Commenting on the new routes, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer from bmi regional, said: ‘bmi regional has always offered customers an array of up and coming destinations to explore and enjoy, and we anticipate all three routes to be popular. Given the many issues we are facing in different parts of Europe and the world these days, many people are looking for new experiences in more familiar regions and our new destinations have an abundance of interesting and exciting experiences to offer to customers. We’re also happy to once again be bringing the bmi regional level of quality, convenience, service and professionalism to travellers from the Midlands.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that bmi regional will be offering flights to Nuremberg, Gothenburg and Graz this year. All three routes are currently un-served from Birmingham, so we thank bmi regional for filling these gaps and offering leisure travellers the chance to visit these vibrant city break destinations in Sweden, Austria and Germany with an airline that offers excellent service, efficiency and value.’

The fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and 30 minute check-ins. Flights on all-routes are available for booking at www.flybmi.com.

British Airways adds new German routes from London City Airport

British Airways has announced plans to expand its German network and aircraft fleet at London City Airport this summer with two new routes and an additional Embraer 190 jet.

As per the plan, the British airline will launch new thrice-a-day flights to both Berlin and Hamburg. Together with the existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, the airline will operate more than 70 flights each week to Germany direct from the Docklands.

This is the first time that British Airways has operated to Berlin from London City. The new route will commence on June 19 on an Embraer jet and each way hand baggage only fares are available from GBP49. While Hamburg is currently served by British Airways’ franchise partner SunAir, starting May 8 British Airways will serve the route using larger Saab 2000 aircraft, more than doubling the number of seats available. Each way hand baggage only fares are available from GBP79.

The new 98-seat aircraft, which will arrive in June, will be the 20th Embraer to join the British Airways fleet at London City, and will create 20 new jobs at the airport as well as additional roles for the companies that supply the airline.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: ‘Germany is a very important market for us and these new routes give both our business and leisure customers a much wider choice of destinations with a well-timed schedule. As the largest airline operating at London City we are giving customers what they want, excellent network and frequencies, a choice of 32 destinations in the UK, Europe and the USA and low all-inclusive fares.

‘We are also delighted to take delivery of our 20th Embraer, an aircraft which is very popular with our customers for its comfort, style and low noise and emissions levels.’

With the extra routes, British Airways will have its busiest ever summer at London City Airport where it will operate over half the flights. The airline has recently announced more seats to European holiday hotspots this summer from Heathrow (to Athens, Lisbon and Gibraltar) and from Gatwick (to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Funchal).

 

Opening of New Berlin Airport Postponed Indefinitely

The opening of the new Brandenburg airport (BER) in Berlin, Germany, has been delayed indefinitely, according to recent reports in the German media.

The new airport was slated to open on June 3, 2012, and has been delayed due to problems with its fire safety systems. The new airport is intended to replace Berlin’s Tegel and Schonefeld airports.

The new opening date for the airport is yet to be announced, and sources say that it may be even later than the previously announced date of October this year.

A statement made by the airport authority reads, ‘This further delay is the result of problems with the fire protection system, in particular the fresh air supply in the case of a fire and the complexity of the system as a whole. Based on the previous timetable, construction work was due to be completed by May 2013 to allow a five-month period for trial operations before the official opening.’

The airport chief operations officer, Horst Amann, said, ‘We evaluated the current situation and the next steps concerning the construction work at BER. The analysis highlighted that there was an increased risk that the airport might not be operational by 27 October 2013 as planned. However, we decided to continue the evaluation of the opening date, rather than cancelling the opening date at that stage. This evaluation was concluded by 4 January 2013’

Air Berlin, the Germany based airline, which was scheduled to operate out of the new airport, has also released a statement. Air Berlin chief executive officer, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, ‘The situation is extremely tricky, as we have to contact at least one million passengers individually to inform them about their airport of departure or arrival. In addition, Air Berlin’s expanded and more ambitious flight schedule, planned for BER, now has to be handled using the old infrastructure at Tegel Airport, in the summer season, of all times. We must apologise to our passengers for this temporary arrangement; we ourselves are finding it difficult to live with.’