The summer vacation in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, is beginning on Friday. In recent weeks and months, Eurowings and its employees on board and on the ground have been working intensively with their partners to prepare for the start of the most wonderful time of the year. After the long lock-down, the desire to travel is greater this summer than it has been for a long time.
"People finally want to travel again - and we are ready. After the long period of lockdown, we, as the Eurowings team, are looking forward to flying more and more guests safely, reliably to their vacation destinations with the best possible service," says Jens Ritter, Chief Operating Officer of Eurowings. "We have made the most of the time and prepared extensively for the restart over the past few months to give our guests a pleasant start into their vacation."
Greatest variety: Eurowings takes off from Düsseldorf to more than 70 destinations
With the rising vaccination rate, falling infection numbers and the lifting of travel restrictions, the demand for flights is increasing significantly. Tourist destinations are in demand - above all Mallorca, Greece, the Canary Islands and Croatia. Eurowings has reacted to this by successively expanding its flight programme and increasing the number of flights offered in Düsseldorf alone, the largest Eurowings station, by another 40 per cent during the holidays.
From Düsseldorf, Eurowings offers travellers the largest range of flights of all airlines during the summer holidays: more than 70 destinations in 20 countries are in the programme, from Cologne there are 60 destinations in 18 countries. On the first holiday weekend, Eurowings expects around 25,000 passengers in Düsseldorf and 13,000 in Cologne. 4,000 Eurowings flights will take place in Düsseldorf during the holiday period, just under 2,000 flights in Cologne. Even though Eurowings is going to offer a large part of its original route portfolio again over the summer, the 2021 summer programme will only encompass around two-thirds of the capacity before Corona.
With the expansion of the summer offering, the active aircraft fleet is also growing: While Eurowings was operating only 45 aircraft in May, more than 70 Airbus aircraft will again take off for the Lufthansa subsidiary in July and August. In September, Eurowings plans to operate 80 aircraft. At the two major Eurowings locations in North Rhine-Westphalia alone, almost 40 aircraft will be stationed this summer: 26 aircraft in Düsseldorf, 13 in Cologne.
With Eurowings up to ten times daily from Düsseldorf to Mallorca
With its wide range of holiday offers, Eurowings is positioning itself as Germany's leading holiday airline on short and medium-haul routes for the start of summer 2021: Mallorca continues to be very popular with travellers and tops the hit list of Eurowings' most popular destinations again this summer. From Düsseldorf alone, Eurowings flies to the Balearic island up to ten times a day during the holidays. From Cologne, there are five daily flights to Mallorca. In total, Eurowings connects 24 airports in Germany and Austria with the popular holiday destination, making it the undisputed No. 1 Mallorca shuttle with more than 300 weekly flights.
Greek Heraklion and Thessaloniki, Ibiza and Malaga also enjoy strong demand and are served daily. Other destinations include Sardinia, Croatia, Sicily, and the smaller Greek islands. City travellers do not miss out either: Eurowings flies several times a week to Milan, Rome, or Barcelona, for example. New destinations include Mykonos, Palermo, Krasnodar and Ekaterinburg in Russia and Tbilisi in Georgia.
Comprehensive protection measures along the entire travel chain
On all flights, Eurowings passengers benefit from an industry-leading health and hygiene concept. Eurowings implemented comprehensive protection and hygiene measures along the entire travel chain at an early stage, in order to provide its guests with the best possible support and a sense of security, from the planning of their journey to their arrival at their destination and their return to Germany. Wearing a mask on board Eurowings remains mandatory.
Eurowings Flight Guide provides information on entry requirements and protective measures
Eurowings wants to support its passengers as best as possible in their travel planning. The Eurowings Flight Guide provides passengers with daily updates on all important changes to Eurowings destinations, provides all current important information on entry as well as the status of entry restrictions and whether a test is required or not.
Free middle seat bookable on all Eurowings flights
On all Eurowings flights, passengers can reserve a free middle seat in advance for as little as 10 euros and book it online at eurowings.com. The free middle seat can also be booked subsequently via the call centre or even shortly before departure at the check-in counter. A reservation is possible if there are still sufficient seats available on the booked flight. If a passenger decides to take advantage of the offer, the free seat is blocked with the booking and thus guaranteed not to be allocated elsewhere.
Flexible rebooking options for all Eurowings flights
In addition to the Corona insurance, which offers maximum protection at the destination, Eurowings customers will continue to benefit from the existing flexible rebooking options as well as a basic return flight guarantee: passengers can change their Eurowings flights free of charge up to 40 minutes before departure, rebook as often as they like and change to another destination within Europe free of charge. Eurowings passengers who are already in their destination country are guaranteed to be returned to Germany in the event of a newly issued travel warning or a lockdown.
Stress-free baggage check-in thanks to evening-before check-in
Eurowings guests who have booked a flight from Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, or Stuttgart can now check in their baggage between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. the evening before, thus saving time on the day of departure. The offer also helps to reduce physical contact at busy check-in counters, especially at peak times with many departures. To ensure a smooth process, Eurowings recommends that its passengers check in online, free of charge, before they check in their baggage. The entry documents required for the respective destination can also be presented at the baggage check-in the evening before, so that passengers receive their boarding pass for the next day at the same time and, thus save time before departure.
myHealthDocs integrates health data into digital travel chain
With myHealthDocs, Eurowings is integrating the recording of health data into the digital travel chain. myHealthDocs has so far been available for all flights from Germany and Austria to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Norway and Nice, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Hungary. On flights to Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Bosnia-Herzegovina, passengers can now also use the Self Attestation function via web-check-in in addition to the Eurowings app.