COLOGNE/BONN, DÜSSELDORF – Eurowings, currently Europe’s fastest growing airline, is expanding its long-haul connections. From November 2017, Eurowings will fly from Düsseldorf to the Carribean, a destination already available to holidaymakers in North Rhine-Westphalia directly from Cologne. Eurowings has been offering long-haul flights to the Carribean, the Far East and the United States for almost two years. The new long-haul flights from Düsseldorf, the state capital with its grand Königsallee (the “Kö” or King’s Avenue) will start at EUR 199.99.

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will kick-off with four flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 8 November. This will be followed by Varadero in Cuba (first flight on 16 December) and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic (from 14 December). Flights to Varadero are operated on Saturdays and to Puerto Plata every Thursday. Cancun in Mexico, which Eurowings will fly to every Monday as of 18 December, completes the quartet. Customers can now book all four Caribbean destinations at or via the Eurowings app on smartphone and tablet.

CEO Oliver Wagner says, “As the state capital, Düsseldorf needs an attractive and affordable long-haul airline at North Rhine-Westphalia’s largest airport. Eurowings is prepared to take over this role.” Wagner stresses, however, that the requirement for this is “that business operations at Düsseldorf airport improve significantly and that the economic conditions are right.”

Eurowings has already risen to the number one spot in the most densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This year, the airline, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has replaced its fleet of Bombardier 90-seaters (CRJ 900) with 16 brand-new Airbus A320, each of which has space for up to 180 passengers. As a result, Eurowings has almost doubled the capacity at its Düsseldorf base within a short space of time. CEO Wagner, “We will expand our pole position in Düsseldorf with the new long-haul offering.”

Last week Eurowings set a new daily record. For the first time ever, more than 90,000 passengers flew with Eurowings. The low-cost long-haul routes, which are very popular with customers, are also making a contribution to this. For months, almost 90 percent of Eurowings flights to destinations outside Europe have been fully booked. Wagner says, “The courage we’ve shown by investing heavily in the new business model of low-cost long-haul routes is now paying off.” The signs continue to point towards growth for the Eurowings’ long-haul business in the coming year. The airline will soon be taking delivery of its seventh long-haul Airbus A330 and next year will offer customers significantly more than a million seats at attractive prices.

In addition to Cologne and Düsseldorf, Eurowings will soon be offering low-cost long-haul out of Munich as well. In summer 2018, three Eurowings Airbus A330 will start operating from Germany’s second largest airport. The first flight from Munich in April 2018 will take Eurowings’ customers to the American city of Las Vegas. Wagner says, “Pre-bookings for Munich are developing very well. This is an enormous incentive for us and for the launch of long-haul in Düsseldorf.”