airberlin Brings More Choices to U.S. Travelers

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airberlin, one of Germany’s largest airlines, is increasing its presence in the U.S. market with a new array of flight offerings for 2012.

“Next year will prove to be a very exciting year for airberlin as we will have many key events that will impact our business such as the opening of the new international airport in Berlin, which is scheduled to open in early summer 2012,” says Judith Kolakowski, director of sales, N.A., airberlin. “And with our integration into the One World Alliance taking place next year, we felt it was the opportune moment to increase our presence in the U.S. market, thus offering additional service from key gateways that are supported with our existing codeshare agreements with American Airlines.”

Beginning in May 2012, the airline will launch nonstop service from Los Angeles to Berlin. “This is the first time that this route will be served from LAX from any airline,” Kolakowski tells Recommend. The new route will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in addition to the existing seasonal service from Los Angeles to Dusseldorf, which operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Fares start at $1,018 pp (inclusive of taxes) and are already available for purchase.

For the summer season, airberlin will increase its frequency from JFK with new daily flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf. The additional flights to Berlin operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing JFK at 5:30 p.m. arriving in Berlin at 7:25 a.m. next day. The new departure times from JFK to Dusseldorf will change to 9:10 p.m. arriving next day at 10:25 a.m.

airberlin will also increase service from San Francisco to Dusseldorf with an additional flight on Mondays and from Miami to Dusseldorf on Saturdays, further enhancing the connectivity of the U.S. to the vast European route network.

“Berlin as a destination has seen substantial increases in overnight stays. It is currently number three, surpassing Rome as one of the top three destinations in Europe behind London and Paris. With the additional service to Berlin, we saw a steady increase from our point of sales share from the U.S. She also adds, “airberlin has an excellent reputation among travel agents, providing good value for their clients and offering those destinations that continue to be key sellers for the trade.”

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