CHICAGO, November 30, 2012 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the commitment of Germany's second largest airline, airberlin, to begin service at O'Hare International Airport next year following a meeting in Chicago today with the airline's CEO Dr. Hartmut Mehdorn; Chief Operating Officer Paul Gregorowitsch; Senior Vice President Otto Gergye; Senior Manager of Transport Policy Sebastian Dreyer; visitBerlin's Managing Director Burkhard Kieker and German Consul General in Chicago, Dr. Christian Brecht and Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviaton (CDA).
"It is an honor to welcome a new airline to our great city that will bring business and leisure customers to the nation's Heartland," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "airberlin will provide service from Chicago to Berlin that will compliment new American Airlines service from Chicago to Dusseldorf starting next April. Any time a new international route is added at O'Hare, it benefits the city. New flights mean new jobs and that means more opportunity for all the citizens of Chicago," he added.
The first airberlin flight from Chicago to the German capital of Berlin will take off on March 23, 2013. airberlin will be the only airline with non-stop service between these two major cities and is also planned as a codeshare flight with American Airlines
"We look forward to welcoming airberlin to Chicago's global gateway next spring," said Andolino. "Berlin is a brand new destination for the Chicago market and airberlin is brand new carrier for O'Hare. This service adds another direct connection from Chicago to Europe, creating new business and tourism opportunities, and offering more choices for travelers."
airberlin will also provide services to four other destinations as part of its U.S. network: Miami, Fort Myers, FL, Los Angeles and New York. Mehdorn said that airberlin and the United States of America are linked by a long-standing and very close friendship. "The further strengthening of our position in the USA as a result of this new non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin is therefore also close to our heart," he said.