On behalf of the world’s leading travel group, Freebird Airlines Europe will be flying to holiday destinations in Greece, Bulgaria and Spain from 1 July. The flights will be operated with a 180-seater Airbus A320 stationed at Leipzig/Halle Airport.
The first flight departed for Rhodes at 06:00 today. Another is heading for Heraklion in Crete and takes off at 14:20. Both flights are fully booked.
In the current summer season, Freebird Airlines Europe is planning flights on behalf of TUI to Rhodes, Heraklion, Kos, Corfu, Burgas, Varna, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
Sven Winterstein, Head of Flight Planning & Procurement at TUI Germany: “As of today, many popular holiday resorts in southern and south-eastern Europe are once again within easy reach. One of the first European flights departs for the Greek islands from Leipzig. This places Central Germany firmly at the forefront, and the steep rise in demand shows that holidaymakers from the region have been eagerly awaiting the resumption of summer flights. Now we are hoping for decisive signals that flights to Turkey and North African seaside resorts can also resume soon.”
CEO of Mitteldeutscher Flughafen AG Götz Ahmelmann adds:
“We are delighted to see TUI back here again. In the current situation, their new flights are a valuable addition to our summer timetable. Holidaymakers from Central Germany and beyond can once again fly non-stop to popular holiday destinations in the Canary Islands, Greece and Bulgaria after many months of enforced absence.”
Protecting health has top priority
The two central German airports have taken extensive precautions to protect the health of passengers, visitors, partners and staff. The package of measures is based on the requirements of the responsible authorities and follows the recommendations of the German Airports Association (ADV).
The precautions include the installation of plexiglass screens at check-in counters and boarding pass checkpoints and the provision of disinfectant dispensers throughout the terminals. Reminders of the distancing and hygiene rules are provided on monitors and signs and in PA announcements. Markings have been installed on floors, for example at security control, to help passengers keep to the social distancing rules. Seats have also been marked with social distancing stickers.
Face coverings must be worn inside all terminals. Face mask dispensers have been installed at terminal entrances. Many airlines already require passengers to wear face coverings on board. Passengers should check the relevant requirements with their airline before travelling.
Procedures on board aircraft have also been changed. In order to make journeys as safe as possible, all passengers must wear face coverings. Aircraft are being deep-cleaned and disinfected more often, and cabin air is cleaned with highly efficient HEPA filters. These filters are of operating theatre standard and filter out not only dust particles but also viruses and bacteria from the air. The risk of coronavirus infection via cabin air has therefore been confirmed by the Robert Koch Institute and European partner authorities as extremely low, especially since the air flow is exclusively vertical and the cabin air is replaced completely every two minutes.
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