Posted on: 02 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Transavia has announced it will open a new home base in Munich from March 2016 to continue strengthening its position as a European low-fare airline.
Mattijs ten Brink, CEO of Transavia, commented, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to officially announce our arrival at Munich Airport today. This is proof that we are delivering on our promises. In January, we announced our ambition to be the leading low-cost airline in Europe, with growth both within the Netherlands and outside of our home market. Today, we are taking an important step towards achieving that ambition. There is broad support for this plan within both the AIR FRANCE KLM Group and the KLM Group. The Munich base will be managed from the Netherlands and the flights will be operated under Transavia’s Dutch Air Operator Certificate.”
Munich Airport is the seventh operational home base for Transavia alongside Schiphol, Rotterdam/The Hague and Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and Paris-Orly, Nantes and Lyon in France. The airline will have four based Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Munich Airport operating more than 100 weekly (one-way) flights to eighteen destinations in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, Morocco, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
Besides popular destinations like Palma de Mallorca, Faro, Palermo and Marrakech, flights will also be offered to business destinations like Verona, Copenhagen and Brussels. Transavia already flies to Munich from Paris-Orly.
“Our goal is to grow to 1 million passengers from the new base in Southern Germany in the first year,” continued Ten Brink.
Transavia will be the first low-fare airline in Munich with a home base, which the carrier hopes will provide economic gain for the airport and the surrounding region. The base will also create around 120 jobs, with flights from Munich operated with primarily German cabin crew and pilots.
Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Munich Airport, stated, “With 89 weekly flights to 18 destinations in nine countries, Transavia offers a broad and manifold choice of new connections from Munich. This increases the travel options for passengers and makes our airport even more attractive.”