Small Planet muscles into German market

Charter carrier obtains German air operator’s certificate
Charter carrier Small Planet Airlines has obtained a German air operator’s certificate (AOC) and will now operate flights under German registration.
A German subsidiary, Small Planet Airlines GmbH, has concluded agreements with the two tour operator giants TUI and Thomas Cook and this summer plans to implement almost 800 flights.
Small Planet Airlines Group, based in Vilnius and Warsaw, began offering its services to the German market last autumn with what it calls “a clear vision to establish an AOC in Germany”.
“The German market was a strategic step that Small Planet Group has considered for quite some time. Once the right partners with local expertise were found, the company was ready to make the move,” said Andreas Wobig, chief executive of Small Planet Airlines GmbH.
In 2016, the airline will operate from two bases, Bremen and Paderborn, and the fleet will consist of two Airbus A320s.
Under the agreement with Thomas Cook it will handle over 100,000 passengers and operate 460 flights from Paderborn during the summer season. Passengers will fly to Mediterranean resorts, mostly Mallorca in Spain. Fourteen weekly flights to Rhodes, Heraklion, Kos, Menorca and Burgas are planned with TUI.
The AOC in Germany will be the third license for Small Planet Group, which is also operating airlines in Lithuania and Poland. The company offers flights to European and Asian passengers with a fleet of 21 A320 and A321 aircraft. It also flies passengers from the UK, France, Italy and Asia.
TTG Nordic