Germania moves Berlin operations to Schönefeld

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Berlin-based carrier Germania is transferring operations from the city's Tegel airport to Schönefeld, and will open a new route to Macedonian capital Skopje.

The airline - which operates scheduled and wet-lease flights - says all Berlin-based services will be conducted from Schönefeld from 1 November. Schönefeld shares a site with the future Berlin Brandenburg terminal, but it is still unclear when the delayed flagship hub will be opened.

The move from Tegel should cut maintenance costs by eliminating duplication of technical operations and ferry flights between the two airports, says Germania. The airline has a technical base in Tegel but co-operates with Air Berlin in the latter's new, as-yet-unused hangar opposite the new Brandenburg terminal.

Germania says that it will transfer all technical operations to the Schönefeld/Brandenburg site.

The carrier has also revealed that it start twice-weekly flights from Berlin to Skopje in November, and continue its flights to Lebanese capital Beirut into the winter.