Lufthansa”s own version of a budget airline, Germanwings, it owns 49%, is set to expand further next summer with a total of 13 new routes out of Cologne/Bonn. The airline is focusing on increasing its network footprint across Southern and Eastern Europe from its four bases across Germany.
Unlike other low cost airlines who start new flights on dates to suit themselves, Germanwings will use the industry summer service introduction, Sunday 25 March next year, for the inauguration of their new services.
From its base at Cologne/Bonn Germanwings will add Alghero (Sardinia); Bucharest (Romania); Burgas (Bulgaria); Kavala (Macedonia); Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Sofia (Bulgaria); Varna (Bulgaria); and Zadar (Croatia). The existing service to Mallorca will also increase in frequency to 15 times per week. From Hamburg there will be a new route to Mallorca four times per week. This takes the number of destinations offered from the city to 15, which includes the recently announced summer routes to Corfu and Split. At Stuttgart, Germanwings will be operating a new route to Corsica taking the total number of destinations to 32, and will also increase the frequency of its flights to Mallorca.
Summer services from Berlin will be boosted by 30% with new routes to Burgas; Varna; and Balaton (Hungary). A total of 17 routes will then be served from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport, including another recently announced new route to the Greek Island of Mykonos.
In the UK the airline operates to Edinburgh, Gatwick and Stansted.