Airlines TUIfly to start long-haul services from Düsseldorf Airport

Leisure carrier TUIfly has announced, that it will start long-haul flights from Düsseldorf Airport in the upcoming Winter schedule.

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Starting in November 2020, TUIfly will serve several long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf. The carrier announced that it will station two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at the airport. The exact flight plan is currently being worked out by the airline.

Oliver Lackmann, Managing Director of TUIfly GmbH commented: “The first launch of our Boeing 787 Dreamliner is getting closer, and of course there are important milestones on the way there - the announcement of our long-haul base is one of them. With the decision to base the Dreamliner in Düsseldorf, we are relying on the Rhein-Ruhr location and the good cooperation with the airport. Our guests can look forward to great holiday destinations, an easily accessible airport, a pleasant plane and highly motivated crews.”

Thomas Schnalke, CEO of Düsseldorf Airport said: "We were very pleased with the decision by TUI fly to set up its long-distance operation at its largest location. In Düsseldorf, TUI fly benefits not only from an efficient infrastructure, optimal land transport links and a densely populated catchment area, but above all from a growing demand for mobility among the population. The best conditions for the strategic further development of the flight offer. I am very sure that our partner TUI fly's project will be a success story.”

With the new services, leisure passengers will be able to fly to the Dominican Republic and Mexico directly. Moreover, cruise ship guests will be able to travel to the Caribbean non-stop. The airline will announce the exact flight times and days in the near future.

Last year in November, Tuifly first announced the entry into the long-haul tourist business. Strategically, this decision brings several advantages for the TUI Group: The feeder flights for cruises of the “Mein Schiff” fleet from TUI are operated under its own flag. Moreover, the extensive hotel portfolio by TUI can be connected with the long-haul flights.

Tuifly is a wholly owned subsidiary of the TUI Group, which is a leading tourism group from Germany. Tuifly operates with five other airlines in Europe. Together, Corsair, TUI Airlines Belgium, TUI Airlines Netherlands, TUI Airlines, Tuifly and Tuifly Nordic have a total of 148 aircraft. One of them is an Airbus A319, four A330s, 103 Boeing 737s, three 747s, eight 757s, six 767s, 19 787-8 Dreamliner and four Embraer ERJ-190s.

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