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Thursday
Nov042010

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca

Tomorrow the Berlin, Germany-based airline Air Berlin will commence a twice-weekly route that will run through this coming winter, between the largest Swiss city Zurich, and the Spanish resort town of Alicante.  The time slots used by the route were negotiated with the convenience of Swiss visitors to Alicante in mind.  The Friday Zurich-Alicante route is scheduled to depart at 11:50 in the morning, local time, and the Sunday Zurich-Alicante route is scheduled to depart at 8:35 in the morning, local time.  The Friday Alicante-Zurich route is scheduled to depart at 2:50 in the afternoon, local time, and the Sunday Alicante-Zurich route is scheduled to depart at 11:35 in the morning, local time.  This new route will run once in each direction on Fridays, and once in each direction on Sundays, indefinitely.

Specifically, the route will run between Zurich Airport (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH) and Alicante International Airport (IATA: ALC; ICAO: LEAL) southwest of the town of Alicante.  Zurich is an alpine Swiss city in the north-central region of that country.  The town of Alicante is located in the eponymous Spanish province, on the stretch of Mediterranean coastline in Spain known as the Costa Blanca, or "White Coast" in English.

The now defunct British European Airways devised the name Costa Blanca to refer to the stretch of Spanish coastline partly occupied by Alicante, in the 1950s.

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations on the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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