New: From May 2016 there will be flights again from Switzerland to Rostock-Laage
Rostock-Laage, 07.12.2015: Even more delightful news from the air travel market for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: a new direct route from Basel to Rostock-Laage will make it even easier for the Swiss to swap the Alps for the Baltic Sea next season. Moreover, together with the largest travel agency in Austria, Eurotours, the existing Linz-Rostock route was successfully confirmed and its capacities increased for the 2016 summer months.
“In our tourism marketing activities, we have focused heavily on the Alpine countries, to tap into new sources of business. The new routes are an excellent opportunity to draw even more attention to our touristic region and promote the economic position of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. There is no quicker and more direct way for people from the Alps to enjoy the Baltic Sea and the Lakes of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania than by plane. Welcome,” said Harry Glawe, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Construction and Tourism of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Both routes to Rostock are operated by Olympus Airways. Between 27th May and 23rd September 2016, there will be a 116-seat Boeing 737-500 taking off every Friday at 9.15am in Basel and landing at 10.50am at Rostock Airport, then flying onwards to Linz at 11.40am. Just 45 minutes after landing in Linz, the aircraft will take off at 1.45pm in the direction of the Baltic Sea and land again at 3.10pm at Rostock Airport. After another 45 minutes on the ground, the Olympus Airways plane will fly back to Basel at 3.55pm.
Although the route to Linz ends on 23rd September, passengers from Switzerland will also have the opportunity, from 30th September to 14th October, to fly to Rostock-Laage on the same aircraft and enjoy the ‘golden autumn’ in the holiday region. A trip here in autumn has much to offer, such as the arrival of thousands of cranes, the Schlösserherbst event and walks along 2,000 kilometres of coastline.
Helga Freund, Managing Director of Eurotours Ges.m.g.H, said: “More and more Austrians are seeing a holiday by the Baltic Sea as an attractive alternative to staying by the Mediterranean Sea. With Hofer Reisen alone, we can reach out to over half a million customers in Austria. Linz is a very central Austrian city and next year we expect to see a further increase in the number of bookings, including bookings from the neighbouring federal states. We also predict that more Swiss customers will book a holiday at the Baltic Sea from Basel Airport.” As an exclusive travel agent of Aldi Suisse Tours, Eurotours has achieved high popularity there. Basel is also a good starting point for holidaymakers from the neighbouring regions in Southern Germany. “There, we will promote Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania more with our agency, post-reisen.de,” Helga Freund continued. Bernd Fischer, Managing Director of the Regional Tourism Association, added: “We are delighted to see another direct route from Switzerland to Rostock. It is only with reasonable arrival conditions that we can exploit potential in foreign markets.”
The Tourism Association says that the number of Swiss guests staying in the region can increase over the next few years to 200,000 per year as a result of better accessibility. After the Netherlands, Switzerland is now the second most important foreign market for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Between January and September, citizens of the Confederation spent around 146,000 nights in the north-east. That is 2.8% more than last year.
For the Austrian market, Bernd Fischer also sees an opportunity for 100,000 overnight stays over the next few years, thanks to the Linz-Rostock route. The number of Austrian guests has increased five-fold over the past two decades, even if it is from one manageable base level: the Statistics Office counted almost 13,000 nights spent in the region by Austrians in 1994; in 2014 this number was around 67,000. From January to September this year, 69,000 overnight stays have already been counted, which is a strong increase of 12.4% compared to the previous year.
Dr Rainer Schwarz, General Manager of Rostock-Laage Airport, added: “Over the past few years we have established successful connections with the south of Germany. The route developed last summer with Eurotours from Linz was very promising. With the route from Basel, we have started our descent into the Swiss market, which is a major source of business for the region. Our aim is to get more and more wealthy tourists from Switzerland and Austria to fly to our region in the future.”
Eurotours International – a member of the ‘Verkehrsbüro Group’, Austria’s leading tourism group - is the largest direct travel agent in Austria and the largest incoming agent in Central Europe. With a team of 350 highly qualified tourism experts, Eurotours advertises Central European tourism all over the world, covering all forms of organised holiday: from individual travel to holiday apartments and city breaks to group holidays, incentives and conventions. The provision of high-quality services at the best possible prices and lasting collaboration are the foundations for success. Further information and photographs are available at www.eurotours.at.
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.