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Düsseldorf International's winter flight plan

Commencing on Sunday with new destinations and airlines

Source: Düsseldorf International 22/10/2009

When Düsseldorf International's winter flight plan is commencing next Sunday, October 25, again passengers will have the chance to choose from a large range of destinations for business trips or to go on vacation: Over 50 airlines bring passengers to about 130 destinations worldwide. Amongst them are also new airlines, such as the British low-budget carrier easyJet or the Finnish Blue1. Moreover, the flight plan will be enriched by new destinations, like Tel Aviv, the Polish Cracow, or Kittila in Lapland.
"The airlines are still very active at the location Düsseldorf despite the continuing economic crisis. Again they offer a top-grade network of routes in this year's winter flight plan with attractive destinations in both the business and the private traffic," says Christoph Blume, CEO of the management board of Düsseldorf International. "At the same time, airlines that are already based here extend their flight plan by additional destinations and we can even welcome new airlines." One more time the outstanding catchment area, including the Netherlands as a growing market, proves to be a great advantage for the airport. Blume: "Our airport has established itself as Germany's third hub in air traffic by now - with good bookings on the long-haul flights and growing numbers of transit passengers. With our role as the most significant airport for the business location North Rhine-Westphalia and as the most important German airport for tourism we are winning market shares through our varied offer even in times of the general economic crisis."

The News Of The Winter Flight Plan

Düsseldorf International is welcoming easyJet as a new airline on 2 November 2009. The airline is commencing operations at North Rhine-Westphalia's largest airport with a connection to Basle and will in addition be flying to London Gatwick and Rome Fiumicino from February 2010. EasyJet will be flying to Basle twelve times a week. The airplanes type Airbus A319 will be taking off in the early and late hours of the day - i.e. Mondays to Fridays at 8.45 am and 9 pm, on Saturdays at 1 pm and on Sundays at 9.20 pm. The flight time is about one hour and twenty minutes. On February 2 easyJet will be starting flights to Gatwick: Mondays to Fridays at 4.45 pm, on Saturdays at 2.55 pm and at 4.50 pm on Sundays. The flights to Rome will be operated from February 1, Mondays to Fridays at 8.40 pm as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 6.55 pm.

The biggest airline at the airport of Düsseldorf, Air Berlin, offers two new destinations in the winter flight plan: Cracow and Salzburg. From 1 November the Polish metropolis will be served daily. From Monday to Friday the departure from Düsseldorf is scheduled for 10.20 am, for 10.40 am on Saturdays and 1.55 pm on Sundays. Salzburg is a new destination for the winter and will be headed for twelve times per week as well. Both working day flights leave Düsseldorf at 6.40 am and 6.40 pm. On Saturdays, the Air Berlin airplane will be setting off for the mountains at 10.55 am and on Sundays again at 6.40 pm. The flight time to Salzburg is one hour and thirty minutes. In addition to that, the red and white airplanes will be taking off for Vienna more often in the Winter: The airline offers five additional flights per week. For the first time in the winter flight plan Air Berlin is also offering four connections per week to Venice and Saint Petersburg.

Another new airline and another new destination in the flight plan of Düsseldorf International: Since September the Israeli carrier Sun D'Or International Airlines has been offering a weekly air connection between Düsseldorf and Tel Aviv, which now will also be served in the winter. The flight with the Boeing 737 with 142 seats takes about four and a half hours. Flight 2U 5256 takes off every Saturday at 2.50 pm heading for Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel's largest airport. At 1.25 pm of the same day the flight from Tel Aviv is arriving in Düsseldorf. Sun D'Or is a 100-percent subsidiary of El Al, the biggest and Israel's national airline.

From December 2009 the Finnish airline Blue1 will start flights from Düsseldorf to Kittila, in Lapland, once a week. The airport of Düsseldorf is the only German destination for Blue1. The flights can be booked as scheduled flights. However, they may also be reserved as a package tour with tour operators such as Trolltours or Woltersreisen. The Blue1 aircraft is landing every Thursday at 9.35 am in Düsseldorf and is departing to the North of Finnland at 10.15 am. Kittila lies in the heart of Lapland about 150 kilometers north of the polar circle, and it is a popular area for winter sports thanks to the nearby skiing resorts Levi and Ylläs. Furthermore, numerous other winter activities, for example safaris with reindeers and the husky sledge dogs, are offered.

The German and Turkish airline SunExpress is heading for warmer climes. They take up a - for them - new destination from Düsseldorf in the winter flight plan. The airline will be taking off to Istanbul's airport Sabiha Gökçen four times per week. Istanbul's second airport has come into service since 2004 and is used by SunExpress for its transfer connections, too.

B&H Airlines from Bosnia-Herzegovina will appear for the first time in the winter flight plan of Düsseldorf and will be offering a connection between Sarajevo and Düsseldorf two times a week. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was established as a new destination in the flight plan of Düsseldorf International in the summer.

Turkish Airlines will continue to offer the second weekly flight connection to Antalya, which was established due to the high demand at the beginning of October, also in the winter flight plan. Turkish Airlines operates the route on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

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