GATWICK DIAMOND WELCOMES AIRBERLIN’S CHOICE OF LONDON BASE
17 November 2010
Gatwick Airport has announced that Europe’s sixth largest airline carrier - airberlin – has chosen Gatwick as its London base to operate new services to Nuremberg and Hanover.
Gatwick Airport has announced that Europe’s sixth largest airline carrier - airberlin – has chosen Gatwick as its London base to operate new services to Nuremberg and Hanover. Gatwick is now the only London based airport to offer passengers direct flights to Nuremberg. airberlin is set to launch the scheduled services in February 2011.
airberlin is the second European airline in the last 18 months to choose Gatwick as its London base; Norwegian Air Shuttle moved its entire operation from Stansted to Gatwick in mid-2009 primarily because of the direct and fast public transport links into the heart of the Capital. Of all the London airports, the non-stop Gatwick Express provides the fastest route into central London with just a 30 minute journey into Victoria.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome airberlin to Gatwick and offer our passengers new routes into two of Germany’s great cities.
“We are transforming Gatwick with a £1 billion investment programme that will modernise the facilities, improve customer service and bolster the public transport links into London, to make Gatwick London’s airport of choice. Today’s news demonstrates we are making headway in achieving that vision. This is the first step in a long-term relationship with airberlin, which we hope will generate further destinations not currently served by Gatwick and open up more choice for our passengers.”
Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative said: “The Gatwick Diamond Initiative welcomes airberlin’s decision to fly direct from Gatwick to Nuremberg and Hanover. We anticipate the new routes will increase opportunities for international trade between the Gatwick Diamond and Germany.”