Berlin-New York flights resume after two years


The first flight from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in New York took off this week. This marked a historic moment since it is the first-ever flight to the US from Berlin’s new airport which opened in October 2020.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey stated on social media: ‘’Berlin and the people of Berlin welcome United Airlines’ new direct flight connection to New York. After two years of the Corona pandemic, this step also represents a return to normality and German-American friendship.’’

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no flights to the United States have been operated since Berlin Brandenburg Airport opened for business on October 31, 2020. Until the coronavirus pandemic, United’s Berlin flights were routed through now defunct Tegel Airport.

According to Simple Flying, United will operate the BER-EWR route with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which can carry 240 passengers in a three-class configuration. Six weekly flights will be offered on the route at first. Beginning on May 5, United will offer daily service on the Berlin route.

‘’Both cities are attractive metropolises that thrive on mutual exchange and are now finally directly connected again. Economic relations will certainly benefit as well; the establishment of the U.S. company Tesla in our region can serve as an example,’’ mayor Giffey further stated.

‘’I hope that United has also opened the door for other airlines that connect BER directly to destinations around the world, making our capital’s airport even more attractive and competitive,’’ she continued.

Along with Mayor Giffey, Aletta von Massenbach, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, and Thorsten Lettnin, Director Sales Continental Europe, India, and West Africa at United Airlines, were present at the airport to mark this special occasion. (Photo credit: Ross Parmly/Unsplash)