Flybe to operate only direct service to Hamburg from Birmingham

The UK-based European regional airline Flybe has said that it has added a new year-round route to Hamburg from Birmingham.

The new Flybe services are available for travel starting July 10, and offer a choice of up to four flights a week, with additional frequency being added for the 2017 winter programme. The airline will be the only direct operator on the route, with one way fares from £34.99 including taxes and charges. Flights are available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the world,’ Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and is a key business and commercial destination. The new service is also expected to be popular for leisure travel, with Hamburg known for its contemporary museums, art galleries and famous fish market.

The new route to Hamburg from Birmingham will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Mondays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 1350 hours, arriving Hamburg at 1640 hours and on return departing Hamburg at 1710 hours and arriving Birmingham at 1815 hours. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 1435 hours and arrive Hamburg at 1725 hours, which on return the flight will depart Hamburg at 1750 hours and arrive Birmingham at 1900 hours. On Sundays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 0645 hours, arriving Hamburg at 0935 hours and on return, depart Hamburg at 1005 hours to arrive Birmingham at 1110 hours.

Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder, said: ‘We are pleased to add Hamburg as our sixth German destination to our already extensive schedule to and from Birmingham airport and to maintain this key route for existing customers. We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board this summer.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, commented: ‘Hamburg is a hugely welcome addition to Flybe’s growing list of routes from Birmingham for both our business and leisure passengers. It is Germany’s second largest city and has the country’s biggest port making it an important economic hub and a great city break destination too. Connecting Hamburg with Britain’s second largest city will be of huge benefit to trade and business relations.’

Flybe’s other German routes from Birmingham for summer include services to Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin Tegel, Stuttgart and Munich.

Flybe cancels Hamburg route due for Sunday launch

UK-based airline Flybe has announced cancellation of the new route from Southampton to Hamburg, which was previously set to launch on Sunday, October 26, the Daily Echo has reported.

Flybe said that the flights between Southampton and Hamburg have been cancelled following a recent review that the route will not be commercially viable in winter. The planned daily service to the German port city, due to take off on Sunday, has been grounded until further notice. The airline is yet to officially announce a new start date for the service, but flights were last night available to book via their website from March 29, the report said.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: ‘As part of a recent review, the route has been deemed commercially unsustainable for the moment and we have taken the decision to suspend our plans to operate flights between Southampton and Hamburg this winter.

‘Passengers who have booked to fly on this route will be contacted and offered an alternative flight or a full refund. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

Southampton Airport, which has removed Hamburg from the destinations map on their website, said that the route will be reinstated next summer.

Airport managing director Dave Lees said: ‘The route to Hamburg has been postponed until the start of summer 2015, which aligns more closely with leisure and business travel patterns.’

The new route was welcomed by business leaders as well as general tourists when it was announced in June.

County council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Southampton Airport is a very important facility and we are always pleased to see the development of connections with other European cities. It’s disappointing if this route is to be lost and we would hope that the airport would look at reinstating it.’

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘I understand that it’s merely been delayed but they hope to start it in the spring.’

 

Bmi Regional Announces New Routes from Bristol

Bmi Regional, a UK based airline, is launching new routes from Bristol, UK, to Hamburg and Frankfurt in Germany.

The airline is offering five-times-weekly flights to Hamburg from February 11, 2013, and a six times per week service to Frankfurt in late March, 2013.

Cathal O’Connell, the airline’s chief executive, said, ‘The launch of new services to Germany is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and transport hubs to multiple destinations across Europe.

Our choice of destinations is based on customer demand and with Hamburg being a significant operational base for major employers such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco and Frankfurt a world hub offering connectivity throughout the globe, we are supplying services our business users have asked for. Both cities are exciting destinations for leisure customers and with launch fares starting from as low as £49.99 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both inbound tourists to the South West region.

We are also reviewing other opportunities with the team at Bristol Airport and hope to announce additional routes in the New Year.’

Robert Sinclair, the chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said, ‘Today’s announcement is a major statement of Bristol Airport’s commitment to providing the connectivity which is vital in enabling the economies of the South West and South Wales to compete on a global stage.

It forms part of an overall strategy to enhance services and facilities for the region’s business passengers, including commencement of a £600,000 project to create a new, improved executive lounge in the terminal.

When we ran a recent survey of ‘most wanted’ routes, German destinations featured strongly in responses from the business community. As well as being an important financial centre, Frankfurt is a major global hub offering access to a huge range of onward connections. Hamburg is a key location for several major companies in the South West, such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco.

Both new services will be warmly welcomed by the many businesses across the South West and South Wales with customers, suppliers or aspirations to trade in Germany and beyond.’

Generator Hostels Opens Hamburg Hostel in Germany

Generator Hostels, a company operating hostels in Europe, has announced the launch of its newest hostel in Hamburg, Germany.

The Hamburg Generator has 686 beds, in a mix of two bedded, four bedded, six bedded, and eight bedded rooms, for budget conscious travellers, especially when travelling in a group. Prices commence from €17 for a dormitory bed, to €37 for a twin-bedded room.

The hostel also has 540sqm of public space, which includes the Generator bar and lounge, a terrace garden, a separate lounge, a cafe and a dance floor. Other amenities on offer are a movie screening room, complimentary Wi-Fi, bike rentals, and complimentary city tours.

The hostel operator, owned by Patron Capital, is currently serving around 30,000 visitors a month, and will be offering more new hostels across Europe, as part of a £200 million investment programme.

Josh Wyatt, the investment director at Patron Capital, said, ‘Hostels are a new and exciting asset class in the property sector, just as student accommodation has been over the last decade. Being the first institutional capital into the hostel sector, Patron has a longstanding commitment to the sector and continues to invest significant amounts of capital and team resources to ensure that Generator Hostels is the category leader and trend setter through the use of exceptional design, curation of a dynamic and communal atmosphere and a dedication to the highest safety levels.

With currently the largest freehold hostel chain in Europe, we look to grow more into capital cities. Today Generator Hostels is an institutional quality product attracting a wide range of travellers from around the world. We are very excited about the latest opening and the opportunities for the Group going forwards.’