dangerhere wrote:We have a similar problem here in Berlin. The capital city of the largest economy in Europe, Germany and yet Lufthansa aircraft don't fly internationally from it! Everything short haul is done through the Group's partners, everything longhaul goes through Munich and Frankfurt. By giving folks in Berlin a limited choice in the first place, it makes us more likely to look for alternative routes and therefore less likely to fly LH for example, even though I like the airline itself.
So this is partly a legacy of Berlin having 3 airports, which at one point, were in 2 distinct countries connected by a language but separated by an ideology. If and when Berlin Brandenburg gets completed, it certainly will open doors for some airline to develop service.
On the other hand, Germany has been reluctant to open, much to detriment of its citizens. My last trip to Munich, the locals were happily complaining about their lack of choice (LH) when needing to fly long-haul.
dangerhere wrote:That's fair enough and I don't think BER should be a hub.
Again, LH has been around FRA and MUC for a while. It also has lost lot of its connecting traffic to other airlines such as ME3. Its partners such as Swiss have fared worse. LH would probably be very careful before it starts to overextend itself.
dangerhere wrote:If you fly direct from Berlin to a destination in the EU area, chances are there are more LCC than legacy options. Flying between the historic cities of Berlin and Paris, your choices are Ryanair, Easyjet, Eurowings or Joon. Not even the night train goes direct anymore.
As you just stated, there are atleast 4 choice. That is 3 more than the usual.