regional ad hoc charter carrier Denim Air will enter the scheduled market later
this month by launching a German-based regional operation, to be known as EuroHopper.
new carrier, wholly-owned by Denim Air, will launch twice-daily flights on 10
June on the domestic Augsburg-Dusseldorf route. It will increase this to
thrice-weekly from 23 June using a Fokker 50 and later this year – probably after
the peak summer holiday season in August – will look to add more routes from Augsburg.
chief commercial officer David Whitworth explains: “It is initially a
one-aircraft operation. We will try to increase the fleet as aircraft become
available and add other routes which will be based at Augsburg.”
notes that the carrier, which will take on more Fokker 50s, is keen to add
services to destinations such as Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg.
Air has been looking at a number of different airports from which to start
scheduled services,” says Whitworth. Augsburg Airport has suffered a loss of
capacity recently after Lufthansa regional partner Augsburg Airways dropped services
as part of cuts by the Star Alliance carrier.
hope with our cost structure we could make it profitable,” Whitworth says of
German company – Air Omega UK, a sister company to freight operator Air Omega –
has also outlined plans to operate new services from Augsburg using Fairchild
Dornier 328JETs but is yet to start.
may look to widen its scheduled services in future to other markets beyond
Germany, benefiting from the neutral brand of its name, although Whitworth says
that this depends on the development of its Augsburg services.