New regional airport opens in German city of Kassel

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Germany's Kassel Calden regional airport officially opened on 4 April with a special flight by Berlin-based charter carrier Germania.

The greenfield hub, which is located around 85nm (160km) northeast of Frankfurt, has been built to replace Kassel's former general aviation airport.

Both airports are located immediately next to one another. But the old 1,500m (4,900ft) runway 04/22 could only be used with reduced payload due to terrain clearance restrictions.

The new gateway - which also features a new terminal, control tower and fire station - has a 2,500m runway in east/west direction.

Germania says it operated an Airbus A319 on a special flight from Frankfurt International airport to Kassel for the opening ceremony.

The wet-lease carrier will start regular flights from Kassel to Palma de Mallorca, Spain on 17 May.