Welcoming 1.6 million more passengers last year than in 2015, Cologne Bonn Airport experienced an exceptional 15 per cent passenger traffic growth in 2016. As a result, the airport saw a total of 11.9 million passengers travelling last year.
Lufthansa has confirmed it will exercise the call option for the outstanding 55 per cent of the shares it does not own in Brussels Airlines. The call option will come into effect by the end of December, with the closing of the transaction will expected at the beginning of January 2017.
Eurowings is continuing the expansion of its long-haul offering to the USA and will double the number of routes to North America by July 2017. In addition to Las Vegas and Miami, the quality low-cost carrier will then offer affordable flights from Cologne/Bonn to Orlando and Seattle.
Flight attendants’ union Ufo has announced its members working for Eurowings in Düsseldorf and Hamburg will walk out on strike today. As a result of the action, Eurowings has suspended all of its domestic flights today. Passengers have been warned it will also be necessary to cancel or delay flights within Europe, with Eurowings working on an amended flight schedule for the period.
Eurowings has now introduced 72-hour airfare reservations. This enables customers to save the price of any flight found and then make plans with family or friends, or book other components of their trip, such as concert tickets, hire cars or hotels, calmly and without a rush.
Eurowings is pressing ahead swiftly with its recent decision to set up a new base on the Balearic island of Mallorca. The airline specialising in low-cost direct flights, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has just released the first scheduled flights for booking which are to be operated by two Airbus A320 stationed at the airport in Palma de Mallorca.
Eurowings is taking the next step towards pan-European expansion, with the low-cost carrier opening its first base in a non-German-speaking foreign country in Palma de Mallorca. The Spanish island in the Mediterranean has long been seen as a top holiday destination with guaranteed sunshine far beyond Germany’s borders and has been breaking one visitor record after another for months.
Borussia Dortmund took off for the first time earlier on board their new team Airbus. The players of the eight-time German champions travelled – from Dortmund via Salzburg – to their first pre-season training camp on the Eurowings Airbus A320 painted in the club colours of black and yellow. Having their “own” aircraft went down well with the players who were waved off at Dortmund airport in the direction of the Kitzbühl Alps by Eurowings chief executives Oliver Wagner and Michael Knitter.
Eurowings has launched a new subsidiary in Austria. The first aircraft of Austrian Eurowings Europe took off on its initial flight to Alicante earlier. The passengers on the almost fully-booked flight to Alicante were looked after by the newly recruited and trained Eurowings Europe crew.
Eurowings has launched flights to the United States with Boston, MA as its first North American destination. The move comes as the carrier seeks to develop and expand its long-haul network. This new flight will give Boston-area residents the opportunity to fly direct to Cologne and beyond.