Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has announced the signing of a significant codeshare relationship with airberlin. Under the agreement, airberlin will place its marketing code on Flybe routes connecting Cardiff to Dusseldorf, Munich and Berlin - promoting Wales as a destination across its extensive network.
The new agreement is the latest example of Flybe's commitment to providing convenient connections for business and leisure travellers flying to and from Cardiff Airport. Airberlin has a strong brand, network and distribution presence in Germany and Europe more broadly, to support growth in the German point of sale on these important routes.
This news follows the recent announcement that Flybe’s brand new twice weekly route from Cardiff to Berlin scheduled to start on 2nd November 2016 will now begin a month earlier on 1st October. One way fares are available now from £34.99 (€45) one way including taxes and charges and are available for booking now at www.flybe.com.
Debra Barber, Cardiff Airport’s Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, commented: “We welcome this new code share agreement which builds on the strategy of working with our airline partners to promote Wales as a destination especially in key markets such as Germany.
“It also offers Welsh customers even more options to connect onto other destinations when they fly from Cardiff with Flybe. Utilising hub connections on the Flybe network is proving very popular with our customers and we look forward to the airberlin agreement continuing and growing this success.”
Saad Hammad, Flybe's CEO comments: "Flybe's new codeshare agreement with airberlin expands the reach of both airlines. It strengthens Flybe's 'One Stop to the World' proposition for its regional customers in the UK who will benefit from connections to airberlin’s long-haul routes at Düsseldorf and Berlin-Tegel.
“The agreement also enables Flybe to expand its sales and distribution to European regional customers. airberlin benefits from enhancing its route offering to the UK for its customers in Germany and from the carriage of UK customers on its long haul routes. This is an exciting win-win agreement.”