Costa Crociere and Rostock Airport continue successful pioneering project

Costa Crociere and Rostock Airport continue successful pioneering project

Rostock/Genua, 17. November 2015 – Cruise liner company Costa Crociere and Rostock-Laage Airport will be continuing their charter flight programme, that proved successful in 2015, next year. Due to very good feedback, the partners have further developed the weekly offer for the 2016 summer season. The existing four routes per week will be increased to six. From 27th May to 2nd September 2016, international cruise ship passengers will be able to fly every Friday to Rostock with ease from seven departure airports in Italy, Spain and France. In 2015 there were four departure airports. As well as Rome, Milan and Madrid, there are new cities such as Barcelona, Catania, Bilbao, Marseilles and Venice. “Together with Rostock-Laage Airport, this year we have carried out pioneering work and got a completely new flight service for more than eighteen thousand international cruise ship passengers in Rostock off the ground. We are very happy that the initiative has started off so well and it has confirmed for us that this cooperation is valuable, not just for our guests, but for the sustainable economic and touristic significance for airports, harbours and the whole region,” explains Dennis Schrahe, Director Flight Operations for AIDA and Costa in Germany.

The General Manager of Rostock-Laage Airport, Dr Rainer Schwarz, also has this collaboration close to heart: “Costa Crociere has recognised what excellent opportunities our airport and infrastructure can offer the cruise market. With the motto ‘rent your own airport’, Costa Crociere was able to design their processes according to their own ideas. This year we proved that we have also been able to process a huge number of arriving passengers in a professional and service-orientated manner.” Together with Costa Crociere, we have now developed a unique service chain for the passengers. In the 2015 summer season, Rostock-Laage Airport processed a total of 18,500 Costa cruise passengers.

The guests, coming mainly from Italy, Spain and France, were taken by shuttle bus once they arrived in Rostock to Warnemünde and the Costa Favolosa passenger terminal. From there, the Costa ship set sail for a week-long cruise in the Norwegian fjords.

Cruise passengers are able to hand over their luggage to the airline at the airport and get it back directly in their cabins once on board their ship. Moreover, there is the opportunity to hand luggage to the ship staff on the final evening and, thanks to an innovative piece of software that enables this service, not have to worry about it until they collect it at their arrival airport.

Find out more about the charger flight programme in the charter programme PDF presentations .

About Rostock-Laage Airport:
Rostock-Laage Airport (IATA: RLG; ICAO: ETNL) is the largest commercial airport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The site, which was created to house a military installation, has been used since 1993 by Flughafen Rostock-Laage GmbH as a civilian regional airport. Out of a total area of 1,000 hectares, around 60 hectares are provided for civil use. To this day, this military-civil aviation cooperation is unique in Germany. Because of its ideal geographic location, the regional airport is establishing itself increasingly as an appealing gateway for holidaymakers by the Baltic Sea and business travellers. Geographically, Rostock is a logistic hub for people travelling to places such as Scandinavia, the Baltic region, and Southern and Eastern Europe. With its 24-hour operating permit, freight flights up to jumbo size can now fly to and be dispatched from the airport round the clock and in any weather.

About Costa Cruises:
Costa Crociere is an Italian cruise company and part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world. For over 67 years, Costa ships (www.costakreuzfahrten.de) have been sailing across the world and offering guests ‘Italy’s finest’: a mixture of the Italian way of life, hospitality and cooking, as well as entertainment and relaxation. The Costa fleet is the largest in Europe and has 15 ships that fly under Italian flags. The two ‘Next-Generation’ cruise ships are set to be commissioned in 2019 and 2020: the ships have a revolutionary ‘green design’ and will be powered 100% on LNG (liquid natural gas), the world’s cleanest fossil fuel. Every day all over the world, 19,000 Costa employees begin work with passion to offer their passengers ‘Italy’s finest’ cruise holiday on over 137 routes, at 261 destinations and in 60 embarkation harbours.

Costa Cruises press contact:

Costa Cruises, subsidiary of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Hanja Maria Richter
Am Sandtorkai 39
20457 Hamburg
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30239502
E-Mail: hanjamaria.richter@de.costa.it

Rostock-Laage Airport press contact:

Flughafen Rostock-Laage-Güstrow GmbH
Petra Proba
Marketing/PR
Telefon: +49 (0)38454 321-231
E-Mail: p.proba@rostock-airport.de

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