Start-Ups German airline start-up Sundair receives AOC and commences own operations

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The German airline start-up Sundair has started own operations after receiving its AOC by the German German Federal Aviation Authority (Luftfahrtbundesamt).

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The carrier has based its first Airbus A320, which arrived in the last days, at Kassel Airport. The six-year-old aircraft is leased from Brazilian LATAM Airline and is configured with 174 seats in an all-economy class.

The carrier will offer twelve flights per week from Kassel to Palma de Mallorca, Crete, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Hurghada. A second Airbus A320 is scheduled to arrive in the next weeks. Sundair plans to open a second base at Berlin-Tegel Airport. "All parties involved have worked long and hard on the deployment and we are very pleased that we have now reached this important milestone together", said Kassel Airport Managing Director Lars Ernst.

The carrier had planned to begin own operations in June but due to maintenance work the airline had to charter external aircraft to operate its flights. Sundair was founded in 2016 and focuses on charter flights. The German tour operator Schauinsland-Reisen is a 50% stake owner and takes one third of the offered seat capacity.

Sundair is the only airline operating flights from Kassel Airport. The regional airport opened in 2013. Until now the airport has not managed to establish sustainable operations. The finance minister of Hesse stated earlier this year that the new flights operated by Sundair will be the airport's final chance to establish sustainable operations before being legally downgraded to an airfield due to a lack of consistent commercial services.

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