Airberlin expands its relationship with Etihad Airways, announces new long-range flights from the new Brandenburg Airport

Airberlin (Berlin) is to significantly increase the number of flights to Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Phuket from March 25. Germany’s second largest airline already operates four flights a week from Berlin to
Abu Dhabi. From March 25, Airberlin will fly daily from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Phuket via Abu Dhabi. Since January Airberlin customers have been able to take daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok with codeshare partner Etihad Airways. Airberlin is dropping its long-range routes to Thailand in order to code-share with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.

In other news, Airberlin on March 20, 2012 will become a full member of the oneworld® alliance. The Austrian airline Niki (Vienna), which is part of the Airberlin group, will join oneworld at the same time as an affiliate member.

Finally with the launch of the new airport at Berlin Brandenburg (BER), Airberlin will offer flights to five long-haul destinations from the capital. As well as Miami and the daily flight to New York, these will include Los Angeles, Windhoek and Abu Dhabi. Airberlin is planning to develop the new BER airport into an international hub.

Airberlin’s market share in the German capital is approximately 33 percent. This has led to a six-fold increase in the number of passengers since 2004. With 7.9 million customers, Airberlin is clearly number one in Berlin. Passenger volume in Berlin is expected to reach 12 to 13 million by the year 2020.

With a long-haul Airbus A330-200 bearing the logo of the new airport, Airberlin is flying around the world with the message “BER Berlin Brandenburg Airport – Europe’s most modern airport”, thereby representing its new home base airport which will lead to future growth for the company.

Airberlin is planning up to 750 weekly departures for the upcoming summer. Airberlin offers its passengers a total of nearly 70 direct flights and over 10,500 indirect flights from Berlin. Up to 40 aircraft will be in operation at Berlin Brandenburg.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (IATA: BER, ICAO: EDDB) (Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt) is a new international airport under construction 11 miles south of central Berlin, the capital city of Germany. It is scheduled to open on June 3, 2012. The airport is located in Schönefeld on the border between the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and will be named after the former Berlin Mayor, German Chancellor and Nobel Peace Laureate Willy Brandt.

The new airport will replace three airports in Berlin. Tempelhof Airport closed in 2008. The exisiting Tegel Airport is scheduled to close in 2012. The terminal infrastructure of the existing Berlin Schönefeld Airport will be closed in 2012 while some of the airport’s infrastructure will be incorporated into the greatly expanded airport area to the south. The airport will inherit Schönefeld’s existing southern runway, which will become the new airport’s northern runway. Due to noise-abatement regulations, flights between midnight (2400) and 5:00 a.m. (0500) will not be permitted.

The initial capacity of the airport is designed to serve 30–50 million passengers.

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