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Airberlin to start flights from Germany to DFW in May

Air Berlin has filed for several trans-Atlantic routes next summer including service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dusseldorf.
Air Berlin has filed for several trans-Atlantic routes next summer including service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dusseldorf. Courtesy of Air Berlin

Airberlin will launch flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dusseldorf, Germany next spring.

The second-largest German airline filed several new trans-Atlantic routes scheduled to begin in May 2016. The new schedule includes four times a week flights between DFW and Dusseldorf.

“This new service to Dusseldorf will benefit our customers by providing more flight options and more connectivity to Europe,” said DFW Airport chief executive Sean Donohue in a statment.

Airberlin also has service from Dusseldorf to San Francisco, Boston and Havana, pending government approval. The flights are currently unavailable for purchase.

The schedule has flights leaving Dusseldorf at 9:15 a.m. and arriving at DFW at 12:50 p.m. The return flight will leave DFW at 2:40 p.m. and arrive in Dusseldorf at 7:05 a.m. the next day. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday each week.

Airberlin is part of American Airlines’ Oneworld alliance. It also has a codeshare agreement and frequent flier reciprocal agreement with American.

“Demand for flights to the U.S. remain high, and adding Dallas/Fort Worth to our US network, we can offer even more travel options and combinations to our passengers,” said airberlin chief executive Stefan Pichler in a statement. “We see a high potential in the important business travel market, where we aim to score points thanks to a stable route network and our excellent product.”

The airline will offer a special promotional fare of $1,099 roundtrip including taxes if a customer books the flight between November 13 and November 23.

Currently, Lufthansa and American operate nonstop flights to Frankfurt from DFW.

This past summer, mayors from Fort Worth and Dallas along with airport executives traveled to Germany and the United Kingdom to promote the region and to meet with airlines about adding service to DFW Airport. Passenger traffic to Europe from DFW has dropped in the past year as passengers who used to connect through Europe to Africa and India have started flying Persian Gulf carriers to those destinations.

“When you look at our international footprint at DFW, we only serve 5 European cities,” Donohue said in June. “We probably lost a little focus on Europe in the last couple of years and we want to elevate that back up.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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