Announcing the arrival of its 31st airline partner, Cologne Bonn Airport has confirmed Small Planet Airlines will be the latest carrier joining the gateway’s roll call this summer. Basing an aircraft at the German airport, the Lithuanian leisure airline will be starting six new routes on behalf of FTI Touristik, including a new point on Cologne Bonn’s route map – Olsztyn-Mazury in Poland.
“The tourism business is an important pillar for us. With an ambitious airline such as Small Planet Airlines coming to our airport, the offer for leisure travellers from Cologne Bonn Airport is enriched,” says Athanasios Titonis, Managing Director, Cologne Bonn Airport.
Set to commence a seasonal weekly connection to north-east Poland from 3 July, Small Planet Airlines’ new link will be joining Cologne Bonn’s established Polish connections to Warsaw Modlin, Katowice and Gdansk. As a result of its latest new destination, the North Rhine-Westphalia airport will offer close to 66,000 seats to Poland during S18, strengthening its position as Cologne Bonn’s 11th largest country market to be served this season.
The extra capacity from the airline’s based aircraft will allow for five additional charter routes to be launched from Cologne Bonn, starting on 1 May with a weekly service to Agadir. Routes to Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Rhodes and Antalya follow in quick succession. With the exception of the Egyptian links being a twice-weekly service, the remaining three routes will be flown weekly on the airline’s A320s.
Witnessing a 6% increase in passenger traffic last month, Cologne Bonn’s Q1 monthly traffic has seen healthy growth with the German gateway handling more than 2.4 million passengers so far in 2018.