02nd November 2011
2012 flights from £34.99 one way including taxes, Jet2holidays 3 night city breaks from £249
The North's leading leisure airline, Jet2.com, has today launched Yorkshire's only direct scheduled service from Leeds Bradford International Airport to the German capital of Berlin.
The new Jet2.com flights to Germany’s largest city will depart three times a week from 1st June 2012, meaning local passengers will be among the first to experience the brand new high-tech Berlin Brandenburg Airport which officially opens on 3rd June 2012. Prices start at just £34.99 one way including taxes, meaning there will be plenty of spending money left over for a few celebratory Weizenbiers!
The flights to the new destination start on 1 June 2012 to enable customers to make the most of the four day Queen's Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Berlin is also ideally positioned for accessing the venues for EURO 2012 in neighbouring Poland – the championships literally kick off on 8th June 2012.
Sister company Jet2holidays also offers great value city break packages to Berlin starting from £249 per person for return flights and 3 nights at the 3 star Best Western Hotel City Ost – based on two adults sharing.
To celebrate the new route going on sale Fraüleins und Herren from Leeds' Bierkeller paid a special visit to the airport to add some 'Oompah', and help Jet2.com cabin crew members, Sophie Johnson and Thomas Verity-Collier, get into the German spirit!
Andrew Merrick, Finance Director of Jet2.com, who is already signed up for next years’ Berlin Marathon, said: "Berlin is a must-visit city, not only steeped in history but wonderfully diverse and dynamic. We are absolutely delighted to be able to make this great destination easily accessible to Yorkshire holidaymakers with our new direct flights. Our friendly flight times, combined with our great schedule will mean passengers will be able to start exploring the iconic sights as soon as they arrive!
"As our flagship base, Leeds Bradford International Airport is extremely important to us. Not only is Berlin our second German destination, in addition to Düsseldorf, it is also our 40th route from the airport. This highlights just how committed we are in continuing to deliver more exciting destinations, so that passengers from the region have plenty of choice when looking for great value flights to European hotspots."
Tony Hallwood, Commercial Director of Leeds Bradford International Airport, commented on the new route, "At Leeds Bradford Airport we are very excited about flying directly to Germany's vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, Berlin. The city has so much history and heritage to offer its visitors, as well as being a lively, culturally exciting city with awe-inspiring attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.
"I'm sure it will be a very successful addition to Jet2.com's schedule from Yorkshire’s Gateway Airport, as Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe and one of the most requested destinations by our passengers."
Dr. Till Bunse, VP Marketing and Public Relations at Berlin Airports added: "We are delighted that Jet2.com has included the German Capital into its flight schedule. With this new connection to Leeds Bradford, Berlin is expanding its service network to the UK. We are thrilled to welcome Jet2.com as a new airline, particularly at the time of the opening of Berlin Brandenburg airport on 3rd June 2012."
Berlin is a diverse, modern and dynamic city which draws in thousands of tourists each year. Major historical attractions include the Brandenburg Gate and the remains of the Berlin Wall, as well as the Reichstag - the seat of German parliament. Potsdamer Platz was regenerated after the Second World War and is now home to a series of spectacular buildings, including the eye catching Sony Centre, so is well worth a visit.
The city is also a cultural hub with a plethora of museums and art galleries to explore as well as a diverse mix of music to experience, from classical opera to techno trance. For those looking for a fun city break, with restaurants, traditional bierkellers and clubs in big supply, there is always a party to be had!
Some key events in Berlin's calendar are:
- In July the 21st Classic Open Air Festival will take place at Gendarmenmarkt, offering a spectacular setting for performances to suit a range of musical tastes including German opera, pop, soul and jazz.
- The International Berlin Beer Festival is celebrated each year over the first weekend in August. The three day event is a huge party which attracts more than 750,000 people to the city to sample over 1,800 different varieties of beer.
With the addition of Berlin, Jet2.com offers flights to 40 city, sun and ski destinations from Leeds Bradford International Airport. In addition to perfectly planned flight times, all passengers enjoy a generous 22kg baggage allowance and allocated seating.
For more information or to book a flight visit, www.jet2.com. To book a great value package holiday visit www.jet2holidays.com.