The nonstop flights form part of Air Berlin’s expansion plans for 2008 and will be targeted at passengers flying to China for the upcoming Olympic Games. After the Beijing event, Air Berlin expects demand from business travellers to continue, with the China flights easily accessable via Air Berlin connections from other German cities as well as Zurich and Vienna. Connections will also be available from Beijing to other Chinese cities through Air Berlin’s codeshare partnership with Hainan Airlines.
"China is a market of the future and has great potential," said Air Berlin’s chief executive Joachim Hunold.
Other new routes launched from Dusseldorf today include Lufthansa‘s latest long-haul service to the Canadian city of Toronto.
Six flights a week will connect Germany to Lufthansa’s Canadian hub, with the airline also recently adding flights to Wroclaw in Poland and the first service to connect the Corsican destination of Bastia with Dusseldorf.