German carrier Air Berlin has extended its corporate rates to the UK market, increasing the probability of UK companies using the carrier.
In its home market the budget airline has signed up over 100 major firms and it now hopes its special offer will appeal to companies based here who book large numbers of flights.
"Our volume proposition offers savings of up to 40 per cent with the benefit of ticket flexibility," says UK country manager Titus Johnson. "We have already signed up over a dozen UK-based companies and believe these corporate rates are lower than anything else in the market."
Air Berlin's UK network mainly revolves around Stansted. It operates domestic flights to Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast City. It also flies to Vienna along with a number of cities in Germany including Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Leipzig and Nuremberg.
Passengers from the UK regions can connect at Stansted for onward services to Germany and Austria.
Unlike other budget carriers Air Berlin serves snacks and drinks free of charge. It also through-checks baggage and operates a frequent flyer scheme.
Says Titus Johnson, "Our Top Bonus [FFP] scheme for individual travellers provides last seat availability [when redeeming miles] and there are no blackout periods. Passengers earn 1,000 miles for every UK-Germany sector and you need to accrue 12,000 miles for a free ticket."
Companies wishing to enquire about their eligibility for corporate rates should email: [email protected]
For general information go to www.airberlin.com
Report by Alex McWhirter