German aviation market

Easyjet and Ryanair target Tegel

Easyjet is set to launch domestic and European flights from Berlin’s largest airport in January while Ryanair hopes to follow from March onwards.

December 06, 2017
Easyjet plans 612 weekly flights to and from Berlin from January.
Photo: Michael Penner

The British budget airline looks likely to get European Commission approval without any conditions next week for its €40 million takeover of 25 Air Berlin planes, associated slots and some 1,000 staff.

Easyjet plans to launch flights from Berlin-Tegel in January. Initially it will use wet-leased planes from Condor and other carriers until the former Air Berlin planes have been taken over and staff trained in its procedures.

The airline is already moving confidently ahead of the green light from Brussels and has started selling tickets for a total of 612 weekly two-way flights on diverse routes for a ‘rump’ winter season from January 5 until March 24, 2018.

Within Germany, Easyjet will fly from Berlin-Tegel to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. The biggest route will be Berlin-Munich with 102 flights a week, followed by Frankfurt with 68 flights, Stuttgart with 54 and Düsseldorf with 26.

There will also be flights to 15 European destinations. The biggest destinations will be cities such as Vienna and Zurich (each 68 flights a week), followed by Paris (28), Copenhagen (28), Stockholm (28) and Rome (26). There will be 14 weekly flights to Budapest, Helsinki, Madrid, Milan and Tel Aviv.

But Easyjet will also fly from Berlin-Tegel to major holiday destinations, including Palma (28 flights a week) and Catania (14).

Thomas Haagensen, Managing Director Easyjet Europe, said: “We're pleased to be announcing our schedule from Tegel from January to March 2018 today. Our passengers have a great choice of Germany and Europe’s most popular destinations with fares starting from just €42 per person. From domestics to popular leisure destinations, key cities in the DACH region and across Europe, to the Nordic countries and beyond to Tel Aviv, we are pleased to be able to offer such a wide range of destinations from Berlin.”

At present, Easyjet only flies from Berlin-Schönefeld where it has 51 routes and some 5.3 million passengers a year. The airline will announce additional new routes from Tegel for the summer 2018 flight schedule, starting March 25, at a later date.

Meanwhile, Ryanair also wants to start flights from Berlin’s largest airport. The Irish low-cost carrier has applied for slots at Berlin-Tegel to compete with Easyjet and Lufthansa. It plans to station nine planes at Tegel for summer 2018.

The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said: “Ryanair has applied for slots at Berlin Tegel and is prepared to invest up to $1 billion in additional Berlin aircraft and double its Berlin traffic to 10m over the next 18 months. This investment would guarantee access to Ryanair’s lowest fares, and enable Berlin citizens and visitors to avoid the emerging high fare Lufthansa/Easyjet duopoly. We look forward to confirmation of the necessary slots in due course which would replace approximately 30% of lost Air Berlin capacity at Tegel with new low fare Ryanair routes.”

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