The first easyJet plane landed at Schoenefeld Airport on 28 April 2004. Five years later, the airline has nine aircraft stationed in Schoenefeld and flies to a total of 27 destinations. As of this summer, the airline is operating new flights from Berlin to Dubrovnik and Cagliari. This makes easyJet Schoenefeld Airport's biggest customer – yet another reason for the airline to toast its success in Schoenefeld on its fifth birthday.
"Since our first flight from Liverpool to Berlin-Schoenefeld on 28 April 2004, a total of 14 million passengers to date have booked a flight with easyJet to and from Berlin. Our birthday is a great opportunity to thank our passengers", said Thomas Haagensen, Managing Director of easyJet Germany. "easyJet is not only important for Schoenefeld Airport, we also boost the Berlin economy. Last year, our passengers spent one billion euros in the region. Plus, we still have big plans for Berlin and aim to continue growing with BBI."
"We are delighted to be able to celebrate easyJet's fifth birthday with the airline today in Berlin. easyJet is one of our biggest customers in Schoenefeld – nearly one in two passengers in Schoenefeld now fly with the airline", said Manfred Körtgen, BBI/Technical Director at Berlin Airports. "The fact that easyJet intends to continue focusing on the Berlin market makes the airline a strong partner for BBI and the entire capital region."
To mark the occasion, easyJet today published a new and improved 2009/10 winter flight schedule for Schoenefeld. On the routes to Brussels and Copenhagen, easyJet will be increasing flight frequency from once to twice a day, in order to offer business travellers in particular a convenient off-peak connection. The flight to Pisa, previously only in the summer flight schedule, will also be offered in this winter's flight schedule.
Just in time for its birthday and following a successful cooperation, the airline has also extended its contract with GlobeGround Berlin GmbH und Co. KG by another five years. GlobeGround Berlin is responsible for the check-in and handling of all easyJet flights in Berlin. At the same time, a total of 300 employees support easyJet at Schoenefeld.
"In GlobeGround Berlin we have found a strong regional partner to stand by us. A partner which has helped us to continuously improve the airport experience for our customers", said Carsten Herget, Managing Director of Operations at easyJet Germany. "I look forward to continuing to work with GlobeGround in the future, too. We have clearly defined common goals and aim to continue improving our product for our customers, especially with BBI in mind."
Sandra Bohnenkamp, Station Leader of GlobeGround Berlin at Schoenefeld Airport: "easyJet has been a customer of GlobeGround Berlin ever since it took up air traffic to and from Berlin five years ago. Our delight at recently extending the contract motivates us to further consolidate our cooperation and expand our joint customer service."