EasyJet announced last week that it plans plans to open a base in Hamburg with three Airbus A319s serving 21 destinations in the spring of 2014. The airline will more than double its network from Hamburg with 15 additional new routes on top of its existing portfolio of six routes offering almost 170 flights a week during summer 2014. The new routes are expected to lead to a doubling of passenger numbers in Hamburg to 1 million.
EasyJet views Hamburg and its region as one of the most dynamic economies in Europe with a significant and growing tourist industry. Hamburg will be EasyJet’s 23rd base in its European network. Germany’s second largest city has a strong local industry in banking, aviation, renewable energy media & publishing and the second largest European harbour and the airline hopes to tap in to the city’s great potential.
Hamburg is a city with strong links with the sea. Its maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus and to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. Each year about 12,000 ships deliver and take on millions of tonnes of goods here. The port accounts for 12 percent of Hamburg’s entire surface area. A vessel which isn’t going anywhere but which provides visitors with a flavour of life at sea is the 1896 windjammer Rickmer Rickmers, which now serves as a museum and restaurant.
The “Altstadt” (The Old City) is the oldest quarter in Hamburg and for tourists one of the main attractions. Among the best known buildings in the area are the Chilehaus and the Kontor Häuser at the Burchardplatz. In some parts of the city centre such as Cremon Street, you can catch glimpses of old Hamburg, with loading bays on the canal side and trade entrances on the street side, transporting goods by land as well as by water. Deichstrasse is an old traders’ street which contains a mixture of shops and residential dwellings and has many restaurants and bars inviting you to stay and taste some of the local brews and fine foods.
The St.Michaelis Church is a Hamburg landmark. Built in 1751, the church is not only the most important baroque church in northern Germany but it also has the largest clock face in Germany with a circumference of 24 metres. Its tower, the “Michel” is 132 metres high and has a viewing platform from which you can view the harbour and city undisturbed. Twice a day the “Turmblasen” takes place, a trumpeter playing a piece of classical music which can be heard for miles around.
The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues.
EasyJet currently offers flights to Hamburg from London Gatwick and Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh. We await news on new routes from UK airports commencing operation in spring 2014.