Air Berlin cuts three key UK routes

30 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

Air Berlin is to
drop flights from both Munich and Berlin to London Stansted, and from Hamburg
to Manchester by the end of this month.

A quick look at
the carrier’s website shows that the airline’s three daily direct
flights to Berlin-Tegel have been replaced with a routing via Dusseldorf from
November 1. The daily service between Manchester and Hamburg also ends on
October 31, while the Stansted to Munich route ends even sooner, with no direct
flights available after October 6.

A spokesperson
for the airline confirmed the move, saying:

“Air Berlin will withdraw its Stansted-Berlin service [along
with the Stansted-Munich and Manchester-Hamburg routes] for the winter flight
plan as of November 1. Like all airlines worldwide Air Berlin is constantly examining its
route network to guarantee maximum fleet utilization and yield. Competition on
this route was extremely high and the lack of profitability finally made us
take the decision to drop the route for the winter flight plan 2008/09. We
are nevertheless highly committed to the remaining UK flying programme and will minimise
any disruption to customers booked on flights after the termination of
services. It goes without saying that customers will receive a full refund.”

The move leaves Lufthansa
as the only carrier serving Hamburg from Manchester (Bmi codeshares on this
route). Ryanair will also now be the only carrier serving Berlin from Stansted,
although the low-cost carrier flies into East Berlin’s Schoenefeld, also served
by Easyjet from Luton and Gatwick. BA flies to Tegel from London Heathrow,
while Lufthansa serves Tegel twice daily from London City under its Eurowings

London-based passengers flying
to Munich continue to have the choice of flights from Stansted with Easyjet,
along with Lufthansa from Heathrow and London City, and BA from Heathrow.

Air Berlin continues to fly direct from Manchester to Paderborn, and from Stansted to Düsseldorf, Hanover, Nuremberg, Paderborn and Munster/Osnabrück. The German carrier also
announced cuts to its long-haul network in June, with flights from Dusseldorf
to Beijing, Shanghai and Vancouver being dropped this month.

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