The first scheduled flight from Groningen to Munich took place on Sunday. A delegation of directors, business people and representatives from the recreation industry flew from Drenthe to the German city to visit a brewery and raise a toast to the new destination.
The connection to Munich means passengers can depart from Eelde and travel onward to more than 100 destinations from the German airport. European airlines Flybe and Nordica now have dedicated planes based at Eelde which will operate 37 flights per week.
Flybe (in cooperation with Stobart Air) now offers three daily flights to London Southend Airport, making it possible to take a daytrip to the British capital. London Southend also operates flights to Dublin, Manchester and Glasgow starting at 30 euros through flybe.com.
Nordica will soon offer more regular flights to Copenhagen (two a day) and Munich (one a day). These European hubs connect to destinations like Rome, Prague, Stockholm, New York and Beijing. Starting in April, Nordica’s Eelde services will include flights to Ibiza, and in June, passengers can fly to Nice from the Drenthe airport.
Tickets to Copenhagen, Munich and Nice can be booked online at flynordica.nl. Passengers looking for connecting flights with layovers in the hubs are advised to book their tickets through skyscanner.nl or a travel agent.
“Alternative to Schiphol”
Marco van de Kreeke, the director of Groningen Airport Eelde, is proud that Eelde has entered a new phase. “We represent a serious alternative to Schiphol now. Choosing to fly via Groningen Airport Eelde means convenience for people traveling for business or pleasure. The region is now easier to get to for tourists and commercial visitors, and the residents of the north can reach Copenhagen, Munich and London more quickly than if they were to travel via Schiphol.”