Lufthansa is starting daily direct flights between Berlin and Helsinki on 3 June 2012. The new route coinciding with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport located 18km from the centre of Berlin. The new airport can be reached with a fast rail link.
“We believe strongly in the Finnish market,” says Harro Julius Petersen, Lufthansa's General Manager for Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic States. Lufthansa had a successful year in Finland in 2010 with the number of passengers increasing by 15% on the flights departing from and arriving in Helsinki, according to Petersen.
The new daily flight will depart early in the morning from Berlin and return from Helsinki before 11.00 in the morning. The price of a one-way ticket purchased online will be EUR 49.
With the opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport, Berlin's existing Schönefeld and Tegel airports will be closed. Lufthansa is forecasting 3% growth in passenger traffic in 2012. The company's turnover in January - September 2011 was EUR 22 billion, with a profit of EUR 580 million.