Rail + Plane: easyJet Partners With DB For Connected Ticket Sales

Since Berlin Brandenburg Airport opened in 2020, the new travel hub has become a key base for low-cost…

Rail + Plane: easyJet Partners With DB For Connected Ticket Sales

Since Berlin Brandenburg Airport opened in 2020, the new travel hub has become a key base for low-cost carrier easyJet. As well as serving a wide range of destinations from BER, the airline has also formed a partnership with German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). This allows seamless connectivity between flights and onward train journeys.

easyJet operates both year-round and seasonal routes out of BER. Photo: Getty Images

Connected ticketing

easyJet’s partnership with DB is part of its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ program. This scheme has seen the orange-clad budget airline form partnerships with other carriers to allow its passengers to enjoy easier onward connections. The deal with DB has a similar aim, albeit with passengers connecting onto trains rather than flights. easyJet explains that:

You can now book Deutsche Bahn trains directly with us, and seamlessly connect to and from a wide range of German destinations via Berlin Brandenburg Airport, by combining flight and train tickets in one booking process.”

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With passengers increasingly factoring in environmental concerns when making travel plans, trains are becoming a bigger factor. Indeed, Simple Flying reported earlier this year that they could be set to replace planes on certain German domestic routes. easyJet’s deal with DB taps into this trend, and makes onward travel from BER more integrated.

Deutsche Bahn ICE
DB’s ICE trains offer high-speed trips between German cities. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying

How does it work?

Let’s take a closer look at the specifics of this impressive integration, which commenced last month, according to Skift. The tickets, which are bookable through the Worldwide by easyJet website, are available on routes to cities in the center, north, and east of Germany. These destinations include Dresden, Hannover, Leipzig, and Wolfsburg.

DB and easyJet work with travel search engine Dohop to provide connecting itineraries. Dohop is on hand to assist passengers in the event of delays to their journey. The itineraries have a minimum connection time of 90 (Schengen flights) or 120 (non-Schengen) minutes between plane and train to minimize the risk of missing your connection.

For further peace of mind, passengers can choose a transferable Flexticket for the rail leg. On the other hand, the more restrictive Sparticket is a cheaper option. Dohop is also the platform via which passengers access their train tickets for the onward train journey. Boarding passes for the flight are accessed via the easyJet app as normal.

easyJet, Berlin Brandenburg, Berlin Airport
easyJet passengers landing in Berlin can use the scheme to connect to various German cities by rail. Photo: Getty Images

Similar partnership at Lufthansa

Interestingly enough, easyJet isn’t the only airline to have established a partnership with Germany’s largest passenger train operator. Indeed, none other than German flag carrier Lufthansa also has a long-standing relationship with Deutsche Bahn.

In a program known as Express Rail, Lufthansa passengers can make use of DB’s high-speed ‘ICE’ (Inter City Express) services to travel to and from the airline’s Frankfurt hub. This sees DB trains to and from 19 cities given ‘flight numbers’ with Lufthansa’s LH prefix.

The scheme allows, once again, for greater integration between air and rail transport, while also having the environmental benefit of not requiring passengers to connect onto another flight. Passengers using this program also have the safety of a transfer guarantee. They can even check their baggage in at Frankfurt Aiport’s station, rather than in the terminal itself.

What do you make of easyJet’s partnership with Deutsche Bahn? Have you made use of this connected ticketing system yourself? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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Airline Startup Of The Week: Marianas Pacific

With the COVID pandemic leading to a surprisingly high number of airline startups, we explore a small startup…

Airline Startup Of The Week: Marianas Pacific

With the COVID pandemic leading to a surprisingly high number of airline startups, we explore a small startup in the Pacific – Marianas Pacific. The airline, yet to launch, will be based in Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and primarily serve tourists looking for a sun-soaked getaway. The carrier, which has already announced flights from South Korea, also hopes to create a link between Australia.

Marianas Pacific hopes to establish Saipan as a leading travel destination. Photo: Getty Images

Introducing Marianas Pacific

Marianas Pacific is a proposed new carrier that will serve the Northern Marianas Islands. The airline has been in the works for the past year, with Saipan’s governor Ralph Torres also onboard with proposals to establish a new airline in the region. The carrier hopes to establish Saipan as a popular tourist destination on a par with Bali.

The chairman of Marianas Pacific is Neil Hansford, an Australian aviation professional with over 40 years in the industry as a consultant and freight specialist. Hansford has been working on establishing Marianas Pacific over the past year, with a particular focus on linking Saipan with the lucrative Australian market.

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Marianas Pacific’s fleet will initially consist of Boeing 757s. Photo: Getty Images

The airline will initially operate direct flights between Saipan and South Korea. It is hoped a travel bubble can be established between Saipan and Australia in the coming weeks, with Brisbane targeted as the most likely destination. According to reports, Marianas Pacific will operate a small fleet of Boeing 757s.

Making Saipan the ‘next Bali’

Chairman of Marianas Pacific, Neil Hansford, has earmarked Saipan as a vacation destination full of promise. With popular getaways like Bali still unreachable due to the pandemic, Hansford believes Saipan offers the perfect alternative.

Hansford told The Australian,

“No Australian health authority is going to allow travel to Bali any time soon, same with the Philippines. Australians are going to want to go somewhere that’s Covid-safe and Saipan ticks all the boxes.”

Saipan offers unspoiled beaches and excellent resorts. Photo: Editor abcdef via Wikimedia Commons

Saipan is slowly moving towards opening up to international travelers. With almost 80% of its adult population now vaccinated, the island is gearing up to welcome new travelers, particularly Australians. According to the Saipan Tribune, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as a whole has reached the 70% mark for vaccination.

Hansford added,

“It’s the same distance (from Brisbane) as Bali, it has the same quality of hotels, the same sort of resorts, better diving, English is the main language and they’re in the same time zone as us.”

Bali was all set to open up to international tourism in July this year before the Delta variant took hold of the island. Bali reported 1365 new cases last Friday and has vaccinated (at least one jab) around 70% of its population. On the other hand, Saipan has had notable successes in its management of the COVID pandemic, with no new cases reported since May.

Have you ever visited Saipan? Do you think it is on par with Bali? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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