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Article from BTNews 1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dusseldorf to Stansted

Stansted now has a twice week daily service to Dusseldorf, with a single rotation both Saturday and Sunday.  Airbus A319 aircraft are used.

Germanwings, the Lufthansa subsidiary operating the route, is already established at the airport serving both Cologne and Hanover.

It is unique in being the only ‘low-cost’ airline at the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow with flights to Cologne and Stuttgart.  Unlike Lufthansa it is not a member of Star Alliance.

Since 2013 Germanwings offers three fare types, called Basic, Smart and Best, which offer different services.  While Basic is a classic no-frills offer that features hand-luggage only and no free catering, Best includes hold baggage, free snacks and drinks as well as access to some lounges for tier members of Miles & More, the Lufthansa frequent flyer programme.  Smart and Best are more or less comparable to the product that the airlines offered on the routes taken over by Germanwings.

The fleet is totally A320 series and Economy Class only and offers Sky Bistro (Bord Shop in German), a buy on board programme with food and drinks for purchase.  

Last week a six hour strike by air crew caused chaos.  More are planned.


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