Germany’s 2nd-largest carrier Airberlin has announced it is going to launch more intercontinental routes than previously during winter 2017/18. The airline will for the first time introduce new flights to San Francisco this winter. Moreover, the frequency of its Dusseldorf-Orlando service will also be increased and operated year round. The flights between these two destinations were launched in May this year.
Media reports said that Airberlin will be operating a total of 39 flights to North America from Dusseldorf this winter schedule. The destinations in the United States being currently from Dusseldorf include New York JFK, Miami, Los Angeles, Fort Myers and Boston. According to the reports, additional flight frequencies are also going to be offered from Berlin-Tegel to Miami and Chicago. The airline will operate five-times per week flights to Miami, while Chicago will be served with six-times flights every week. Both the destinations will see an additional flight each as compared to last winter. There will be a total of 18 flights per week to U.S. destinations from Berlin-Tegel this winter.
Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Airberlin, said, “The company is making extensive efforts to continue expanding its services from Dusseldorf, and has decided to deploy 12 long-haul aircrafts instead of existing 11 at Dusseldorf airport from the coming winter schedule. These aircrafts would be utilized for providing additional flights services to various destinations in the United States.”
Winkelmann further stated that Airberlin has always wanted that it should be repositioned as a network carrier during the 2017/18 winter schedule and is completely focused towards this. The airline has therefore expanded its U.S. network as compared to last year. Airberlin is making progress as well and on course to expand its market leadership with 13 percent additional flights in Berlin-Tegel and a massive growth of 63 percent additional flights in Dusseldorf in comparison to last year.