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airberlin to fly nonstop from Berlin to Los Angeles

Scheduled to start in May 2012, airberlin will be the first airline to offer a nonstop service from the German capital to the U.S. West Coast.

visitBerlin today announced the first nonstop connection between Berlin and its sister city Los Angeles. airberlin’s new service is scheduled to begin on May 11, 2012, offering three weekly flights with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The airline already successfully operates nonstop flights from Berlin to Miami and New York JFK.

“airberlin’s new service is a very significant step to secure long-term success of the gateway Berlin and the city’s new airport BER,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin.

“Berlin’s hotels, airberlin, andvisitBerlin will work together closely to market the new route.”

The USA is Berlin’s most important overseas market. From January through to August 2011, 180,000 Americans visited the German capital, generating 441,000 over-nights in the city.

airberlin is also expanding its operations from Berlin to Poland.  From May 2012 you will also be able to fly non-stop from Berlin to Gdansk. Up to two flights per day will be available to the Polish seaport. airberlin operated flights to Gdansk in Summer 2010. Now this resumption of operations will be supported by the linking of Gdansk to the Berlin hub. The airline is increasing flights to Krakow from the current four flights per week to twelve. This constant link between Danzig and Krakow and Berlin will result in 750 additional transfer connections at the airport.

Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin: “With our new non-stop flights to America and Poland and the increase in frequencies we are ensuring sustainable strength in our position in Berlin. The respective expansion of our Berlin hub is a significant step with regard to the capital’s new airport and full membership in oneworld® planned for Spring 2012.“

Klaus Wowereit, Head of the Supervisory Board of Berlin Airports and Governing Mayor: “The commencement of flights from Berlin to our twin city of Los Angeles fulfills something we have all dreamt of for a long time: at last we can travel non-stop from Berlin to the west coast. This is a positive signal for the future development of the new Willy Brandt Airport as a gate of Berlin to the whole world.”

Airport boss Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz: “Last week the Federal Administrative Court announced its decision concerning flights at off-peak times at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and thus set the course for the future of air traffic in the region of the German capital. Airlines now have planning reliability: airberlin’s increased commitment at the Berlin airports is a significant signal for the region of the German capital. The new connection to Los Angeles provides the people of Berlin and Brandenburg with their 14th long-distance route. And this underlines that air traffic is a growth market in terms of quantity and quality, and that Berlin airports remain on course for success.“


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