Charter carrier opens base at Berlin-Tegel

Germania will fly to six destinations from Berlin’s largest airport this winter to try to profit from Air Berlin’s exit.

November 01, 2017
Germania takes off again from Berlin-Tegel
Photo: Günter Wicker

The niche German charter airline is moving quickly to fill part of the gap left by Air Berlin in the German capital. At present it mostly operates out of the city’s second-largest airport, Berlin-Schönefeld. But it has also returned to Berlin-Tegel this winter after a break of three years.

Sales manager Claus Altenburg explained: “Demand in Tegel is fundamentally different to the market in Schönefeld.”

Germania has stationed a jet at Tegel to fly to six destinations. These are Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria (both twice-weekly), Tenerife, Lanzarote and Hurghada (each weekly), and Tel Aviv (three times a week). The inaugural flight to Gran Canaria took off today (Wednesday).

From next May onwards, the airline plans to expand its Berlin-Tegel flight schedule to at least 13 destinations with three jets. There will be a daily flight to Palma, while the other destinations will be Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Kos, Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Lanzarote, Madeira (Funchal), Marsa Alam, Rhodes and Tenerife. The airline also hopes to continue the Tel Aviv flights next summer.

Germania has also expanded at Berlin-Schönefeld this winter by stationing a second jet there to fly to four new destinations: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. It already flew to Tenerife and Paphos.

The privately-owned airline (including subsidiaries in Switzerland and Bulgaria) operates a fleet of 29 jets and flies about three million passengers a year from 20 departure airports to more than 55 destinations.

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