Scoot resumed three-times-weekly nonstop flights between Singapore and Berlin on October 19, 2021, following Singapore’s expansion of its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) arrangements.
Scoot also increase the frequency of its non-VTL Singapore-AthensBerlin return flights to four-times-weekly..
Customers on these flights will have to undergo prevailing Stay Home Notice measures when they arrive in Singapore. This will allow eligible vaccinated passengers to avoid the need for quarantine in Singapore, subject to them meeting regulatory requirements.
Scoot is also preparing to operate VTL flights to Seoul, South Korea, subject to regulatory approval. The commencement date will be announced in due course.
On November 8, 2020, Air France will start operating flights to the brand new Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt International Airport (BER). Flight AF1434 operated by Airbus A319 will take off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7:30 a.m., with a scheduled arrival in Berlin at 9:10 a.m. (local time).
At Berlin-Brandenburg, the airline’s customers will be welcomed at Terminal 1. Eligible passengers will have access to Skypriority, the airline’s service offering priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery on arrival. They will also have access to the airport’s lounges.
This winter, customers will have access to up to 5 flights between the two airports, linking Berlin to the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle which operates flights to close to 170 destinations worldwide.
End of operations at Berlin-Tegel airport
By transferring all its flights to Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport, Air France will cease all operations to and from the historic German airport Berlin-Tegel. In 1960, it was the first airline to land a commercial flight at Berlin-Tegel. On 8 November 2020, it will also be the very last airline to take off from this airport before its final closure. Flight AF1235, operated by Airbus A321, will take off at 3:00 p.m., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 4:50 p.m. (local time). To celebrate the event, customers on this last flight will enjoy special surprises. The history of Air France at Berlin-Tegel
2 January 1960: For the first time, a commercial flight operated by Lockheed Constellation landed at Berlin-Tegel after a stopover in Frankfurt. Air France launched regular operations to the airport, which until then had only been used for military purposes.
1961: The Caravelle operated all flights to Berlin-Tegel.
1976: The supersonic aircraft Concorde landed at Tegel – even before the start of its scheduled service. 60,000 visitors flocked to the airport.
1977: Air France operated the Paris-Düsseldorf-Berlin route twice a day by Boeing B727-200 (154 seats) – replacing the smaller Caravelle.
1980: Air France celebrated the 30th anniversary of its network in Germany and the 5,000,000th passenger on routes to and from Berlin.
18 April 1988: Air France’s Airbus A320 celebrates its world premiere on the Paris-Berlin route.
November 1988: Start of the first of the 100 weekly flights of the new airline “EuroBerlin France” from Tegel to Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. The airline was 51% owned by Air France and 49% by Deutsche Lufthansa, and was based at Berlin-Tegel.
1st December 2017, the Air France subsidiary Joon started operations between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Berlin-Tegel up to six times a day. With the suspension of Joon in 2019, Air France once again started operating the route itself.
2020: Until the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Air France operated up to six daily services between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Berlin-Tegel. Air France has maintained these services even during the Coronavirus pandemic, with up to 21 weekly flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Berlin-Tegel.
8 November 2020: Air France operates up to five daily flights between the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Passengers have access to Air France’s global network of some 170 destinations worldwide.
The Joint Aviation Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg (Gemeinsame Obere Luftfahrtbehörde Berlin-Brandenburg, LuBB) has presented Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) with permission to begin operations and the airport operating certificate for Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER). Both documents are necessary to operate a commercial airport in Germany and are, therefore, a requirement for opening BER.
Since July 2020, the airport company has successfully tested BER together with 9,000 volunteers as part of the internationally established and proven ORAT program. The training program will continue until October 15, 2020 with the aim of further refining procedures.
BER commissioning will begin with the opening of BER’s Terminal 1 on October 31, 2020. On this day, an easyJet aircraft and a Lufthansa aircraft will arrive at the same time and be the first to be received and handled at the new terminal’s Main Pier. On the morning of November 4, 2020, FBB will start operations on the southern runway with a Qatar Airways aircraft landing. BER’s new night-time flight restrictions will also apply starting on this day. The transfer from Tegel to BER will be complete with the last flight, operated by Air France, from Berlin-Tegel to Paris on November 8, 2020.
Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL) will close on November 8, 2020 as traffic shifts to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER).
BER is adjacent to Berlin Schönefeld Airport in Schönefeld.
Additionally on October 25, 2020, Schönefeld Airport will become Terminal 5 of BER. Although Terminal 1 of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be only be opening on 31st October 2020, the IATA code for the entire airport location will change with the start of the 2020/2021 winter flight schedule. SXF becomes BER.
It may be that passengers flying from Schönefeld in October take off from Schönefeld (SXF), but land at BER as the new code is applicable for all flights as of October 25 (last day of the holidays in Berlin-Brandenburg) going from or to the Schönefeld location. The code ‘BER’ is already in the booking systems of the airlines or stored on booking platforms and will be shown on booking confirmations and tickets. In practice that means: while the city code BER was previously used for all airports in the Berlin-Brandenburg airport location and travelers were able to search for flights from Schönefeld and/or Tegel, the code will be explicitly assigned to the Schönefeld location from October 25, 2020. The three-letter code SXF will disappear.
Scoot launched its inaugural flight to Berlin (Tegel) on June 20, the first of its four-times-weekly nonstop Singapore-Berlin services.
The capital city of Germany is Scoot’s third long-haul destination after Athens in Greece and Honolulu in the United States, both of which were launched last year.
Scoot’s flight TR734 departed Singapore Changi Airport at about 12.25 am local time and received a traditional water cannon salute upon arriving at Berlin Tegel Airport at approximately 7.20 am local time on June 20.
The aircraft, a widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliner named “Bo Jio”, had carried 311 customers – 95% full.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Scoot): Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9V-OFJ (msn 37126) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938983.
easyJet is pleased to confirm that it has received European Commission approval for its recent agreement to acquire part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel Airport. The acquisition will result in easyJet operating 25 aircraft from Berlin Tegel Airport. The agreement includes easyJet leasing former Air Berlin aircraft, taking over other assets including slots, and offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews. The Commission has confirmed that there are no competition concerns relating to this agreement and easyJet now expects to complete the transaction in the near future.
Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHA (msn 7646) (NEO) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938254.