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Lufthansa passengers will for the first time be able to reach the South African coastal city of Cape Town nonstop from Munich when the upcoming 2012/2013 winter flight schedule goes into effect. Contrary to the existing winter schedule, the Lufthansa connection to the third-largest city in South Africa will not be operated from Frankfurt as in previous years, but instead will depart from the Bavarian capital city effective 28 October 2012.
In order to offer passengers the highest possible level of comfort and service, Germany’s second largest airline is constantly improving its product – from the design of the aircraft cabin, to the in-flight refreshments and the entertainment offered.
Before the German Cabinet session on aviation tax, Germany’s second largest airline has once again called for the abolition of the extra financial burden which was introduced in 2011. In view of the fact that the tax has since proven to be counterproductive in so many ways, it is now essential to take corrective measures and drop the tax without any replacement, as happened some years ago in the Netherlands.
After the first weekend of the holidays, airberlin has drawn critical conclusions about the situation so far at Berlin-Tegel airport. “We came out of it relatively unscathed”, said airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn on Monday in Berlin. Although airberlin is devoting significant resources to manage the higher numbers of passengers at the old airport, the results are apparently at best satisfactory for customers.
easyJet today announced that after a thorough review of its Madrid operations it proposes to cease basing crew and aircraft at Madrid from Winter 2012/13. easyJet intends to continue to serve Spain but to do so differently by moving its aircraft to other easyJet bases around its European network which will deliver higher returns for the airline.
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, today announced plans to launch an exciting new partnership with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, which will help save children’s lives around the world.
As part of their strategic partnership, airberlin and Etihad Airlines are now teaming up for their business loyalty programs airberlin business points and Etihad Airways Business Connect for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). From today, SMEs which participate in either airline’s business travel loyalty program will be rewarded for flying on codeshare flights operated by Etihad Airways, airberlin and NIKI.
airberlin has exceeded the target set by its efficiency-increasing programme “Shape & Size” for the first quarter of 2012 and has therefore increased its target for the year as a whole by 25 million to 225 million euros at the EBIT level (earnings before interest and taxes).
In May 2012, airberlin again increased capacity utilization by 0.6 percentage points to 76.40 percent (May 2011: 75.79 percent).
Starting today, airberlin will fly to Kaliningrad three times per week, thus establishing the only nonstop connection from Berlin and Germany to the Russian exclave and centre of culture and commerce on the Baltic.