Jumbo jet brings cruise ship passengers to Rostock
Rostock-Laage, 26.01.2016: After the cooperation with the Italian cruise line Costa Crociere that was implemented with great success for the first time last year, another milestone in the further development of the airport has now been achieved in close cooperation with the Rostock port development company (HERO) and the handling agents Sartori & Berger. A second cruise line has also been convinced to take advantage of the Rostock-Laage Airport for the arrival and departure of international cruise ship passengers. The Spanish shipping line Pullmantur Cruises, which belongs to the Royal Caribbean Group, will carry our all complete exchanges of passengers in Rostock for the first time this summer and thereby handle all arriving and departing passengers via the Rostock Airport.
Pullmantur Cruises has initiated charter flights to Rostock-Laage in a 14-day cycle for the coming summer season. As a consequence, from 18 June to 10 September 2016 the shipping line’s cruise guests can take advantage of these direct flight connections from Madrid and Barcelona to Rostock. Within the scope of the passenger exchange on the respective Saturdays, 10 aircraft from various airlines with a seating capacity ranging between 170 and 529 passengers will be handled at the Rostock Airport. As a result, about 4,500 passengers will be transported between the airport and port for each ship’s call. A Boeing 747 “jumbo jet” will also be used in regular service for the first time at Rostock Airport.
After their arrival at the Rostock international port in Rostock-Laage, guests will be brought by bus shuttle on board the “Monarch”, one of the largest cruise ships in the Pullmantur fleet. There the cruise ship will alternately depart for cruises in the Norwegian fjords and in the Baltic Sea. The Rostock-Laage Airport anticipates more than 30,000 passenger check-ins with the 14-day flight connections throughout the season.
The handling/service product for cruise ship passengers arriving and departing by aircraft is unique in Germany and is the decisive factor in the choice of location for the Spanish shipping line. The unique service enables flight & cruise ship passengers to enjoy a convenient and comfortable arrival on board the ship per aircraft without the repeated and burdensome registration of travel luggage. This will be transported from the flight departure site to the ship’s cabins by automated processes.
“A unique selling point in the field of intermodal handling of cruise ship passengers has been created with the “Seamless Travel” service product developed by the airport. All companies involved in the transport process contribute towards regional economic growth”, says Dr Rainer Schwarz, Managing Director of the Rostock-Laage Airport.
The Rostock-Laage Airport was able to support the cruise business in Rostock-Warnemünde as a regional service provider for the first time in 2015. The product for the Costa shipping line was able to be developed hand in hand with the Rostock port development company (HERO) and the responsible authorities. Over 18,500 cruise ship passengers from Madrid, Rome, Paris and Milan took advantage of this service. The cooperation with Costa Crociere will also be further expanded in 2016.
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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. From the 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 at the Baltic Sea and business travellers. Geographically, Rostock is a logistical 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.