airberlin and NIKI will be presenting their new route network for the first time at the ITB. airberlin is repositioning itself as a network carrier with a focus on its hubs at Berlin and Dusseldorf.
At both hubs, airberlin is the top airline with a market share of more than 30 per cent, and is expanding its existing flight schedules. Domestic flights, flights to European city destinations, and more long-haul connections form the core of airberlin’s new route network. Flights to popular holiday destinations in Southern Europe, such as Mallorca, the Canaries and the Greek islands will be operated by NIKI from the beginning of the summer flight schedule on 26 March 2017.
airberlin CEO Thomas Winkelmann says: “The changes to the route network are an elementary component in restructuring airberlin. We already serve as a shuttle to the USA from Berlin and Dusseldorf, and we intend to expand even further this position in the market.
The European route network is well integrated into airberlin’s hub infrastructure and allows for convenient connecting flights within Europe and on long-haul routes. Transferring the touristic business to NIKI is paving the way for airberlin’s new business model. In doing so, we are positioning ourselves on the market more clearly and efficiently.”
More USA than ever: 60 per cent more flights in winter 2017/18 than last year
After the substantial expansion of the year-round flight connections to the United States, airberlin is again adding even more flights from Berlin to the winter 2017/18 schedule. There will be four additional flights per week from Berlin to New York. That will mean airberlin will fly a total of 11 times a week from Berlin-Tegel to the Big Apple.
The airline also offers an additional non-stop flight from Berlin to San Francisco on Saturdays. airberlin will fly to San Francisco every day from Berlin or Dusseldorf, and twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays. Compared to the current winter season, airberlin will increase the flights offered to the USA next winter by around 60 per cent, with 63 flights per week. With the expansion of the winter schedule, airberlin will be flying all year round to all destinations in the USA for the first time.
airberlin will also be adding three new routes to the USA as early as May 2017. airberlin will operate five times per week from Dusseldorf to Orlando. From Berlin-Tegel, there will be four new flights per week to San Francisco, and three per week to Los Angeles. The frequency of flights to Boston and San Francisco will also increased, so that these destinations will be served daily. The flights to Miami will also be more frequent.
With the 2017 summer flight schedule, airberlin will be offering a total of 84 non-stop flights per week to eight destinations in the United States: New York (JFK), Boston, Orlando, Miami, Fort Myers, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
All long-haul flights are optimally integrated into the overall route network, meaning that numerous feeder flights and connecting flights are available. All of airberlin’s long-haul flights to the USA will be operated by Airbus A330-200 jets.
Attractive services to the Caribbean from Berlin and Dusseldorf
The airberlin service from Dusseldorf to Havana is offered twice a week. This summer, airberlin will also fly to Varadero three times per week, thus offering optimum connections for individual tours of Cuba. Services to Mexico will remain on the schedule, with two flights per week from Dusseldorf to Cancun.
airberlin will fly to the Dominican Republic five times a week, landing at Puerto Plata twice a week, and at Punta Cana three times a week.
airberlin extends its European city destinations
Improved Italian connections
airberlin has optimised flight times to Italy for the summer flight plan 2017 increasing frequency and capacity for important city connections. Connections to the Berlin-Tegel and Düsseldorf hubs are thus greatly improved for many flights.
The strategically important flights between Berlin-Tegel and Rome will be increased from two to three flights a day. In addition, airberlin offers daily flights, which will be operated by codeshare partner Alitalia. These flights are now connected to all long-haul flights and to the European destinations offered by airberlin out of Berlin. Connecting flights to South America and Asia are available via Rome as well.
In the summer season, airberlin will double the number of flights to four times a day from Berlin to Milan-Linate, and will optimise departure times. Passengers from Italy enjoy excellent connections to New York, Chicago and Miami.
The flight times of the three-times-day airberlin services from Düsseldorf to Milan and Rome will be optimised to improve the number of connecting flights available. Both city services will also include an additional codeshare frequency operated by Alitalia.
An additional flight between Düsseldorf and Bologna is also offered on Saturdays, meaning that three flights are available on all days of the week, and flight times will be optimised to allow even more connecting flights in Düsseldorf.
More often to Warsaw, Krakow and Prague
Starting with the summer schedule, airberlin is increasing services to Warsaw and Krakow from three to four flights daily. With the new schedule, passengers can take advantage of a daily connection for the new airberlin routes to California (three times a week to Los Angeles and four times a week to San Francisco from May 2017). In addition, daily connections are available between the two Polish cities and New York. Moreover, the flights are integrated into the entire domestic and European route network, allowing countless destinations to be offered.
airberlin will double its service to Prague from Berlin-Tegel in the summer from two to four flights daily. These flights will be conveniently connected to the new USA routes. airberlin will offer a total of 28 connections per week between Berlin and Prague.
Flights to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsinki significantly increased
Beginning with the summer 2017 schedule, airberlin is increasing its services from Düsseldorf and Berlin to Copenhagen to four daily flights. There will be one additional flight per day from Düsseldorf with three additional flights on Saturdays. Two additional flights from Berlin to Copenhagen will be offered on Saturdays.
Additional flights will be offered on the routes to Stockholm, Helsinki and Gothenburg at weekends. On Saturdays, airberlin will offer three flights instead of two from Düsseldorf to Stockholm, thereby standardising the flight programme to three departures per day.
airberlin is also doubling its service from Berlin-Tegel to Gothenburg on Saturdays from two to four flights, thereby offering four flights every day of the week.
In its summer schedule, the airline is also including two additional flights to Helsinki on both Saturday and Sunday. This means that airberlin will fly three times a day to Finland, with four flights on Sundays.
Three flights daily to Barcelona
Barcelona will be offered three times per day by airberlin from Düsseldorf in the new schedule. airberlin thus increases connections from 14 to 21 flights per week. Flight times are optimal, with one flight each in the morning, afternoon and evening.
More flights to Paris and switch to Charles de Gaulle airport
Starting 26 March 2017, airberlin is increasing the number of flights to the city of love from two to four. The departure times will be more convenient and the switch to Charles de Gaulle airport will give travellers more connection possibilities as well as make it easier for them to transfer to the city. The Paris-Orly airport will no longer be served by airberlin. All departures from Paris are excellently integrated into the airberlin route network so that numerous connecting flights to European city destinations as well as long-haul flights are available.
Twice daily from Berlin-Tegel to Tel Aviv
An additional daily flight will be added to the schedule from Berlin to Tel Aviv. airberlin will now offer two daily connections from Monday to Sunday all year round. This gives travellers to and from Tel Aviv numerous new connection possibilities in the airberlin route network.
NIKI introduces new flight schedule to holiday destinations in Southern Europe
As of 26 March 2017, will take over all flights to holiday destinations from airberlin. In the 2017 summer schedule, the number one holiday airline will offer the most popular holiday destinations in Europe from cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The focus will be on Majorca, as well as the Spanish and Greek Islands. NIKI’s entire offer can be booked as usual at both airberlin.com and flyniki.com.
There are up to five daily flights for NIKI passengers from Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Frankfurt to Palma de Majorca. Other German departure airports include Nuremberg, Leipzig, Hanover, Paderborn, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Münster. From Vienna and Salzburg, NIKI offers daily connections to Palma, two services a week from each, Innsbruck and Graz. Three daily services are available from Zurich and Basel. In all, NIKI will offer up to 658 flights per week to and from Majorca during the peak travel season.
With the Canary Islands in its schedule, NIKI is the ideal partner for the perfect beach holiday. Destinations include Tenerife and Gran Canaria, as well as Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma.
Travellers who prefer to discover the Spanish mainland can take a NIKI flight to Málaga or Alicante. Portugal is also a beloved holiday destination due to its pleasant climate as well as the beaches on the Atlantic coast. From Germany, Austria and Switzerland NIKI will fly non-stop to Faro in the Algarve as well as to the island of Madeira. Out of Dusseldorf, connections to Ponta Delgada in the Azores are available.
An extravagant nightlife with live sets from the best DJs in the world – that is what the party island of Ibiza is known for. In summer 2017, NIKI connects the trendy Spanish island with a total of six German cities, the Austrian capital Vienna as well as Zurich and Basel.
Lovers of Mediterranean Greek cuisine can choose from four destinations as NIKI flies directly to the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Crete and Korfu. Out of Germany nonstop services to Thessaloniki and Samos are available as well. Further, several weekly connections from Vienna to two destinations on Crete and to the islands of Karpathos, Santorin, Preveza and Zykanthos are bookable.
Other NIKI destinations out of Austria include Larnaca on Cyprus, the Croatian harbour city of Dubrovnik as well as Catania on Sicily.
Out of Switzerland NIKI offers additional flights to Brindisi and Lamezia Terme in Southern Italy.
In Germany the NIKI flight schedule is completed with flights from Cologne, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Munich to the island of Malta.