June 2020

DAT resumes Saarbrücken-Berlin connection:

Anke Rehlinger: Important link for Saarland´s economy

This Tuesday, the Danish airline DAT has resumed flight operations between Saarbrücken and Berlin. Anke Rehlinger, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour, Energy and Transport, and SCN Managing Director Thomas Schuck wished the 30 passengers of the early plane a good flight.

`The flight connection to Berlin is not only important for Saarland´s economic access to the federal capital, but also for the people in the region`, says Anke Rehlinger. `DAT only started at the beginning of the year and was in high demand until the outbreak of the corona pandemic. It was therefore all the more urgent to resume flight operations at the SCN. I am confident that DAT can continue the positive development of the first few months.` However, this now requires the gradual development back to a normal flight schedule – while ensuring the necessary hygiene measures. `At the airport itself, employees and airlines do everything to make sure that they are implemented in an exemplary way and that the risk of infection is kept as low as possible`, said Rehlinger.

DAT will initially serve the route with one round trip from Monday to Friday and on Sundays. `We are happy that we finally can take off again`, said DAT Managing Director Jesper Rungholm. `After we were only allowed to start the route shortly before the Corona crisis began, it is now all the more important for us to start all over again. Corona epidemic, the possible closure of Tegel – much is coming together right now. But we think positively and look ahead. And, as I found out during my visit to Saarbrücken, the Saarlanders are also: positive and – like us – are hard workers wanting to get going again`.

Flight operations at Saarbrücken Airport were resumed last Friday on the route to Hamburg through Luxair. The airline has reduced the flight schedule and will fly SCN-HAM-SCN four times a week in June. The route is served in the morning on Monday, and in the early evening on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
`We have prepared well for the corona-related challenges`, says SCN Managing Director Thomas Schuck. `All necessary measures have been taken, our staff has been trained accordingly.` In the recent days, the demand for flights from the SCN has increased significantly. Therefore, one is glad that it could finally start again. `Now we hope that the holiday destinations can be flown to again in the foreseeable future`, added Schuck.

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