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Nuremberg to become Eurowings’ twelfth base, to be operated by TUI fly

TUI  (Germany) Boeing 737-8K5 SSWL D-ATUC (msn 34684) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934268.

Eurowings has made this announcement:

On the way to truly nationwide coverage in Germany and Austria, Eurowings is now set to integrate Nuremberg Airport into its offering as one of its own bases. With one aircraft stationed there, Europe’s fastest growing airline will offer flights from Franconia to the leisure resorts of Majorca, Heraklion, Catania and Olbia from the end of March. This means that Nuremberg will become Eurowings’ twelfth base.

A further flight on Sunday evening will also increase the frequency on the existing Berlin/Tegel-Nuremberg route.

The new Nuremberg routes will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 which Eurowings has leased from TUI fly. The aircraft will depart for Palma de Majorca eight times a week, it will fly to both Catania and Olbia airports on the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia twice a week and to Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete every Monday and Friday.

The opening of a base in Nuremberg is yet another milestone for Eurowings in a phase of rapid growth. Oliver Wagner, CCO of Eurowings, “With more than 30 million passengers carried last year, Eurowings has clearly become one of the top three in Europe’s low-cost airlines. We are consolidating this status with further growth this year from Germany and Austria. After introducing many new routes from Munich, the addition of Nuremberg now completes our offering in the south of Germany. From a business point of view, we are expecting a very successful launch in Nuremberg, mainly due to the flights to Majorca and three other attractive holiday islands.”

By basing an aircraft there, the airline is also contributing to the retention of jobs in the key aviation industry in Nuremberg. Around 30 flying staff will then work directly for Eurowings, many more will be employed at Nuremberg Airport in connection with the new flight offering.

Eurowings‘ new route offering is a welcome addition for both business and private travellers throughout the Nuremberg metropolitan area and complements the existing domestic German offering perfectly. Eurowings is the fourth airline to base an aircraft at Nuremberg Airport. This shows us that Northern Bavaria is an attractive market for airlines and the airport has very efficient processes,” says Dr. Michael Hupe, the airport’s Managing Director.

Eurowings is also continuing to expand its good reputation as a holiday airline. In addition to major European cities, more and more attractive holiday destinations are being added to the flight schedule. Eurowings now offers flights to Majorca, which is the focus of the launch in Nuremberg, from more than 20 airports in Germany and Austria. This makes the airline, part of the Lufthansa Group, one of the three most important airlines on the sunshine island in the Mediterranean.

And soon Eurowings will also be heavily involved in the long-haul in Southern Germany: in summer, flights will be offered from Munich to ten overseas destinations in Central America, North America, South Africa and Asia. The new routes from Nuremberg supplement the Eurowings offering in Bavaria which now includes a wide choice of attractive flight destinations in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

TUI fly Deutschland, formerly TUIfly, is a German leisure airline owned by the travel and tourism company, TUI Group.

Copyright Photo: TUI (Germany) Boeing 737-8K5 SSWL D-ATUC (msn 34684) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934268.

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Hello suspends all operations and files for bankruptcy

Hello (Zurich) today (October 21) suspended all operations and filed for bankruptcy protection. Previously the company launched operations on August 6, 2004. The charter airline issued the following statement:

The airline Hello has temporarily stopped its flight operations. Reasons are the cancellation of large contracts, a dwindling tourism business and high fuel costs. Additionally there were serious errors of an executive manager in the finance department. Hello operated 4 Airbus A320 aircraft with approximately 140 employees. A social plan is in place.

The management and board of Hello AG have decided, to temporarily cease operation of the airline on Sunday night, 23.00 on 21st of October. Up until that point, all efforts to recapitalize the company have failed. All aircraft are currently on the ground in Switzerland. The management was able to avoid an uncontrolled breakdown of the operation. Tour Operators are informed and are already looking for alternative travel opportunities for their clients. For the approximately 140 employees a social plan in place. Also a care team is ready to support them.

The reason for the bankruptcy is the financial implosion of two large French customers, ever higher fuel costs and the strong Swiss Franc, which led to the cancellation of a large contract with TUI Germany. Also there is an increasingly fierce competition in the tourism business.

Additionally, there were serious booking keeping errors by the former Chief Financial Officer. He has left the company at the end of September. All the business figures supplied to the board and the management on a weekly and monthly basis turned out to have been incorrect. Therefore, management and board were convinced that there was sufficient funding available. However, this was not the case. A detailed assessment of the figures by the new CFO uncovered this situation. All efforts to find additional liquidity yielded no results.

The board of directors and the management are very disappointed and are regretful of this situation.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-214 HB-JIZ (msn 936) taxies at the Zurich base.


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