Low-cost carrier Germanwings is to establish a base at Hanover airport from this April, with routes to 15 cities including London Stansted, Rome, Milan and Barcelona.
The airline will ply the Stansted-Hanover route twice daily from the end of April, adding to existing services from the London airport to Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart.
The new service will put Germanwings in competition with rivals Air Berlin on the route, which also offers twice-daily flights between the two airports. Bmi Regional serves Hanover from London Heathrow.
The full list of routes to be served from Hanover is as follows:
Stansted (two flights per day)
Stuttgart (two flights per day)
Vienna (two flights per day)
Milan (six flights per week)
Budapest (four flights per week)
Moscow (four flights per week)
Palma de Mallorca (four flights per week)
Rome (four flights per week)
Barcelona (four flights per week)
Split (three flights per week)
Zagreb (three flights per week)
Bastia (one flight weekly)
Dubrovnik (one flight weekly)
Heraklion (one flight weekly)
Zadar (one flight weekly)
The corporate market is becoming increasingly important for Germanwings, with the carrier saying that on average 41.6 per cent of its passengers are now business travellers. To celebrate the new hub Germanwings is offering 50,000 flights for the new routes at €19.99 including taxes and charges.
Users of the Germanwings website should note that the carrier’s route network shows a large number of routes as being served by Germanwings from London Stansted, but the majority of these are actually connecting flights via its German hubs. As of last year the carrier also lists Bmibaby flights on its website, with a reciprocal agreement on Bmibaby’s website (see online news October 15, 2009).
For more information visit germanwings.com.
Report by Mark Caswell