Air Berlin said they are running a special ‘Air Berlin lift’, giving England fans stuck in the UK the opportunity to be in Gelsenkirchen for the England football team’s historic opportunity of revenge against Phil Scolari, Portugal and the critics who have lambasted their performances up until now. Flights from the UK are booked up to all towns around Gelsenkirchen, up to the fixture which will be played there this Saturday, 1 July.
Air Berlin have decided to provide much-needed relief to England fans desperate to see the game by drafting in an extra plane to run the lift to nearby Dortmund airport.
“You can be the most die-hard England fan in the world, and you can’t plan ahead to get to a game in the knock-out stages, because you don’t know which one you’ll be playing in. When the fixture is announced, the planes are booked up before you know it. We’re giving something back to the fans. They think it’s all over…But now there’s extra time!” said Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold.
The flight departs 4am on Saturday, arriving around 6am. It’s then about half an hour to the stadium or town centre in normal traffic, so fans will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere before the game kicks off at 5pm. Plenty of time to recover, as the return flight leaves at 9:10pm the following evening. The world cup weekend to end all weekends. Let’s hope it’s a winning one.
Angelika Schwaff, spokesperson for Air Berlin said: “With flights in and out of Germany booked up from pretty much anywhere, this is the best way of getting to see England play, unless you want to spend eight hours in a car. It’s hot and sunny in Germany, great sun-bathing weather and the facilities over here are amazing. The atmosphere has to be seen to be believed.”