As we predicted earlier this week Eurowings will open a new Munich base in the summer of 2017.
All told it will be adding 32 destinations, of which three of these will be Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Stansted.
Lufthansa’s budget subsidiary will base four A320s at Munich to serve a mixture of both business and leisure destinations.
These include leisure destinations in Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain along with key business cities.
The latter include London Stansted, Edinburgh, Paris CDG, Rome, Geneva and Basel.
Quoted by Germany’s aerotelegraph.com Eurowings CEO Karl Ulrich Garanadt said, “Our course [mission] is to create a leading quality low-cost airline in the European market. Never before have we started with four aircraft at a new base.”
At Munich Eurowings says it will be operating 89 flights a week and expects to carry 400,000 passengers during next year’s summer season.
As we stated previously, Eurowings will be using some of the Air Berlin aircraft which have been acquired by Lufthansa.
It is opening a new base at Munich in order to better compete with Easyjet and Transavia (the budget subsidiary of Air France/KLM). But, more importantly, Eurowings wants to establish itself at Munich before the arrival of Ryanair which was in discussions with the management at Munich last year.
Although Ryanair continues to operate at Memmingen (a couple of hours from city centre Munich) the Irish airline is keen to operate at Munich’s main airport.
In the case of Edinburgh and London Stansted, Eurowings will be competing against incumbent Easyjet.
Bookings for the new Munich routes will be available from today, Thursday December 22.