The low-cost airline wants to grow in the German capital. To this end, Eurowings is opening a base in Berlin with three Airbus A320s. </p><div> <p>Orange followed red: After the fall of Air Berlin, Easyjet became number one in the German capital. But in the Corona crisis, the British low-cost airline announced that it would reduce the number of aircraft stationed in Berlin from 34 to 18 and cut around 400 local jobs.
Lufthansa was pleased. At the start of the new airport in the capital, the company will be the market leader again in Berlin, said CEO Carsten Spohr last October. The Lufthansa Group has a market share of 30 percent – that is almost twice as much as Easyjet. And now the lead should increase. Because the subsidiary Eurowings will open a base in Berlin on April 1, as it announced on Monday (March 8).
Easyjet is calm
Eurowings is stationing three Airbus A320s at BER for this purpose. The low-cost airline will again connect Berlin to Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart up to three times a day. But Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Greece, Austria, Corsica, Croatia and Egypt are also on the program, according to the airline. With the opening of the base, they are reacting to the withdrawal of international competitors who have largely left the German market in the course of the crisis, according to Eurowings in a press release.
Chef Jens Bischof adds: “Others are leaving, we are staying here”. In November, Easyjet boss Johan Lundgren reacted very calmly to such statements by the Lufthansa Group. In the winter in Berlin, “18 planes will be stationed and we have more than 1,000 employees in Berlin.” That is far more than any other airline, ”he said in an interview with aeroTELEGRAPH.