Easyjet to start first domestic flights in Germany
Easyjet plans to base itself out of Berlin's Tegel airport in the north-west of the capital, and the first scheduled flight from there is due to take off at 10:30 am local time for the southern city of Munich.
Starting from Sunday, easyJet plans to add 19 destinations to its schedules from Tegel, the company said.
Of those 19, four are within Germany. Between Berlin and Dusseldorf, for example, the company said it plans to fly 40 times a week in each direction.
easyJet's move will place it in direct competition with Germany's main carrier Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings.
easyJet has 12 aeroplanes currently based at Tegel airport, with plans to increase that to 25 by the summer, using aircraft it has purchased from Air Berlin, which filed for insolvency in August.
At that point Tegel is expected to become easyJet's second-largest hub after London's Gatwick airport.
The company said that in the initial phase, some of the flights from Tegel will be taken on by its partner airlines, including Condor, SmartLynx and WDL. ■