Berlin-based Germania is expanding its flight network from London Gatwick for its 2013-2014 winter schedule from November by operating twice-weekly services to Erfurt-Weimar Airport in central Germany.
According to Germania, Erfurt-Weimar Airport (IATA code ERF) is the ideal gateway for visits to places of cultural interest in the Federal State of Thuringia.
Germania will operate its twice-weekly service between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Erfurt-Weimar Airport with Airbus A319 aircraft seating up to 148 passengers.
The carrier will operate the services on Mondays and Fridays. Flight time is less than two hours, making Erfurt an ideal destination for a weekend city break from London, according to Germania.
From Erfurt-Weimar Airport travelers can reach the center of Erfurt within minutes using public transport. The state capital of Thuringia is known for its historic old town with restored timber framed houses and town halls.
One of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany is held in Erfurt every year from November. Erfurt’s main landmark is its unmistakeable combination of the dome and the Severi church.
Erfurt’s historical Krämerbrücke, Krämer bridge, is the longest bridge in Europe to be built with houses lining either side.
From Erfurt it is a short distance to Weimar. The university town is the cultural heart of central Germany and is known for the houses of Goethe and Schiller, the castles Belvedere, Ettersburg and Tiefurt (each of which have beautiful parks), as well as the Anna Amalia library, all of which are UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.
Weimar is also the birthplace of the Bauhaus school of building. This is where in 1919, under Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus design revolution began.
The city is also known for being the location that hosted the 1919 national assembly which established a new constitution for post-World War 1 Germany. The resulting federal republic and parliamentary representative democracy, which lasted until 1930, was commonly known as the Weimar Republic.
“Thuringia is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Germany; Erfurt and Weimar are two of the most popular towns with foreign tourists,” says Andreas Wobig, chief executive officer of Germania. “We are delighted that we can now offer passengers from the south of the United Kingdom a non-stop connection to Erfurt/Weimar.”
Flights are now available for booking, including one-way flights. Tickets are available at www.flygermania.de; via telephone at +49 1805 737 100 (0.14 €/min. from a German landline, maximum 0.42€/min. from a German mobile) and from travel agents. All listed prices include surcharges taxes and fees.
Germania operates scheduled flights to selected destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as charter flights for tour operators to destinations in Europe, North and Western Africa. The airline also offers its aircraft for wet- or dry-leasing.
The independent carrier’s route network currently includes more than 40 international destinations. Germania’s main airports are Berlin, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar and Munich and it currently operates nine Boeing 737-700 and eight Airbus A319 aircraft.