Germanwings takes on Dusseldorf-Stansted route

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Lufthansa short-haul unit Germanwings is to begin its own flights on the Dusseldorf-London Stansted route, just days after Air Berlin switched its service to partner Etihad Regional.

Germanwings which operates a mix of Airbus narrowbodies and Bombardier CRJs will begin twice-daily flights on the route from 22 August. The low-cost unit has been growing at Dusseldorf over the last year, in part after taking on some routes previously operated by parent Lufthansa, having taken on responsibility for the latters non-hub routes.

The move pits the German operator against Etihad Regional, formerly Darwin Airline, on the route. As part of the first stage of codeshare co-operation with Air Berlin, Etihad Regional took over operation of the thrice-daily Dusseldorf-Stansted connection from Air Berlin. Etihad Regional operates a mix Saab 340 and ATR 72 turboprops.