easyJet, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, today announced it will launch three new routes this winter, connecting London Luton with the Hanseatic German city of Bremen and Bournemouth and Stansted with the popular ski destination of Geneva.Bremen - is a perfect example of what Germans call “klein aber fein” - good things come in small packages. Also made famous by The Brothers Grimm in their inspirational fairy tale The Musicians of Bremen, you can almost imagine the animals staring out at you from statues and shop windows. Bremen is also an economic centre, known for its food and drinks industry as well as the nearby harbour Bremerhaven.
Built on the Weser river about one hour west of Hamburg and close to the North Sea, this beautiful compact city is steeped in maritime history and is a cultural centre, with a variety of art galleries and museums. With a thriving bar and restaurant scene at the waterfront ‘Schlachte Promenade’ and ‘Der Schnoor’ with its cluster of winding cobbled streets and quaint maze of restaurants and boutiques, the atmosphere is buzzing.
The impressive architecture ranges from medieval lanes to picturesque red-brick buildings and the 110 metre Böttcherstra§e of art nouveau palaces, which stretches from the Markt to the sea. The bustling Markt - market square, is the most striking in northern Germany. With its tall old buildings, dominated by the 1200 year old Dom Saint Petri Cathedral and ornate Rathaus (town hall), it is the perfect place to drink the city’s most famous export - Beck’s - and watch the world go by. The Markt is also the venue for re-enactments of the famous fairy tale throughout the summer.
The Bremen service commences on 31 October 2005, with fares from £17.99 one way (£30.98 return including taxes) and is a destination that has something for everyone, including sports fans who can see the Bundesliga football team Werder Bremen and the Beck’s Brewery is a must, which when the wind blows from the South West, carries the smell of hops across the city. The city also has a strong aerospace history and a life-size space station is open to the public. In the winter, the Christmas markets attract people from all over the world.
Geneva is the gateway to the Alps and the most popular airport for skiers to access first class resorts such as; Avoriaz, Chamonix, Chatel, Les Gets, Morzine, and Courmayeur.
easyJet offers more flights to ski destination airports than any other low-cost airline, with a choice of 76 routes to 14 ski airports. The airline has revolutionised the Ski market, allowing those seeking winter sports holidays the chance to create their own Ski package. Following the trend of DIY summer holidays and city breaks, consumers can now book their flights, accommodation and car hire, along with transfers and activities independently online. This flexibility enables the traveller to create the break they really want a much lower prices.
Bournemouth is a new addition to the airline’s ever expanding network and the daily service will operate from 15 December and provides and an even greater choice and easier access to easyJet flights to skiers from the South of England. The twice daily service from Stansted will also commence on 15 December and both routes are from £29.99 one way (£54.98 return including taxes).
easyJet Chief Executive Ray Webster commented:
“Our new route to Bremen is excellent news for business and leisure travellers alike, as the city is not only a fantastic short break destination, but is also the gateway to northern Germany, which has many industrial ties with the UK. We are delighted to be adding Bournemouth to our network and the new routes to Geneva will enable more skiers to experience the flexibility and savings of travelling independently, with the additional convenience of flying from their local airport.”