The Maltese airline Corendon Europe opened a new base at Basel Airport on Friday. The first flight was made around 6:00 a.m. towards Heraklion. For the time being, a Boeing 737-800 with 189 seats will be stationed at the third largest airport in Switzerland.
There are flights once or twice a day from Basel-Mulhouse to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos in the Aegean Sea, Corfu in the Ionian Sea, known as the interface between east and west, and Heraklion in Crete. Corendon Europe will also serve a fifth destination in Greece from May 2022: Chania, also on Crete, which with its Venetian port is one of the most beautiful cities on the island. The Turkish sister company Corendon Airlines serves the destinations Antalya, Izmir, Kayseri as well as Ankara, Gaziantep and Milos-Bodrum.
From autumn 2021, Corendon Europe's flight schedule includes five destinations in the Balearic and Canary Islands: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife. Corendon Airlines will offer a total of sixteen destinations.
"The water fountain with which the new base was inaugurated is a sign of the recovery of flight operations at EuroAirport this summer," explains Matthias Suhr, Director of EuroAirport. “We are pleased to welcome Corendon Airlines, a company that is investing despite the crisis and demonstrating great dynamism. This new base allows the airport to meet a great need for post-pandemic travel. This increases the attractiveness of our region, which has a million potential passengers. And after the difficult months that we have lived through, we would now like to give the residents of the area the opportunity to finally go on vacation and allow families and friends to meet again. "