Germania Express launches Berlin-Prestwick

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Berlin-based budget carrier Germania Express is to launch services between Glasgow Prestwick and Berlin Tegel, in a move which ups the ante in the battle between the Glasgow airports.

Prestwick is arguing that this is another example of dominance over neighbouring BAA-owned Glasgow International, and claims to have more international scheduled services than its rival. BAA could not immediately be reached to verify or comment on the claim.

Germania Express, a low-cost division of Germania, will operate the daily weekday service from August using Fokker 100 aircraft, adding to existing low-cost presence at the airport.

The recently-established German operator joins Ryanair, flyglobespan.com and Aer Arann Express at Prestwick. In addition bmibaby recently transferred its Cardiff-Glasgow service to Prestwick from Glasgow International, citing increased prices at the city’s main airport as the reason for the change.

EasyJet has recently called for the UK CAA to set charges at Glasgow and Edinburgh. BAA controls the three major Scottish airports, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.