airberlin announces first-ever nonstop flight service between Dubai and the German capital Berlin
airberlin CEO Joachim Hunold: Dubai is extremely important for German carrier, it holds great potential for future growth
· DCAA Director General Mohammed A. Ahli: New flight to enhance trade and tourism ties between Dubai and Germany
Dubai, 29 October 2010 - airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, announced it will launch the first-ever nonstop flight service between Dubai and the German capital, Berlin. The announcement of the new route, which will launch on 4 November, was made at a press conference held in the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. Joachim Hunold, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin, Burkhard Kieker, Chief Executive Officer of visitBerlin, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports, introduced the new nonstop connection in Dubai.
Joachim Hunold, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin, said: „For the first time, airberlin flies nonstop from the Middle East to Germany on a regular basis and, as the only airline, connects Dubai with Berlin. Dubai is an extremely important location for airberlin, where we see a great potential for future growth. We are convinced that this flight connection will also contribute to further tightening and expanding the excellent relations between Germany and the Emirate of Dubai.”
Burkhard Kieker, Chief Executive Officer of visitBerlin, said: “With a growth of 13 percent, Dubai and the Arab Gulf states are an important growth market. Finally, airberlin will launch flights to Dubai. Berlin is an ideal destination for health and wellness, culture and shopping. The city is an oasis of relaxation, which not only has numerous parks and public lakes and rivers, but also more bridges than Venice. Moreover, 22 luxury hotels across the city ensure perfect service and an unforgettable stay in Berlin.”
In an emailed statement, H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), praised airberlin’s decision to launch flights to Dubai, saying: “The new nonstop service to the capital of Germany significantly strengthens the existing relationship and enhances mutual trade and tourism. Germany and the Emirate of Dubai have enjoyed an excellent
relationship in terms of trade and tourism since 1972. There are more than 500 German companies operating in the Emirate. We also maintain close cooperation in aviation activities.”
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports said: „We are delighted that airberlin will fly from Dubai to Berlin three times a week from November. The new long-haul route proves that air traffic from and to Berlin is a growth market. This year, for the first time, Berlin Airports will count more than 22 million passengers. The involvement of airberlin in Tegel and the intensified expansion of connecting traffic are an important pillar of this development. With BBI (Berlin Brandenburg International) we will continue this success story. “
In the future, airberlin will fly three times per week (from AED 2.400 roundtrip, incl. taxes and other charges) nonstop from Dubai to the German capital. The Dubai flights, which arrive in Berlin, are integrated into the hub structure of the airline. Accordingly, connecting flights can take passengers to other destinations in Germany, such as Duesseldorf, Frankfurt or Munich, as well as to Gothenburg, Graz, Helsinki, Palma de Mallorca, Salzburg, Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna and Zurich.
airberlin is Germany’s second-largest airline. The company currently has over 8,700 employees. In 2009 alone airberlin received more than 10 awards for service and quality. The fleet, with NIKI, encompasses 167 aircraft with an average age of five years. Consequently airberlin operates one of the youngest fleets in Europe. The airline’s modern aircraft are extremely fuel-efficient and so provide a lasting contribution to the reduction of aviation emissions. airberlin is one of the major airlines in Europe and currently flies to 168 destinations in 40 countries (incl. NIKI). In 2009 the airline carried around 28 million passengers. airberlin has joined the global airline alliance oneworld®. Full membership is planned for the start of 2012. From November 2010 airberlin will be operating codeshare flights with American Airlines and Finnair.
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