Easyjet flight transports passengers from Berlin to Berlin in 80 minutes

How long is a flight from Berlin’s Tegel airport in the north of the city, to the city’s Schönefeld airport in the south?

Easyjet flight transports passengers from Berlin to Berlin in 80 minutes
An Easyjet flight near Berlin Tegel. Photo: DPA

Well, on Friday this surprising trip took an hour and 20 minutes.

The Taggespiegel reports that an Easyjet plane, which was supposed to fly to Zürich, Switzerland, made this unusual journey from one side of the city to the other after a misunderstanding.

The plane, which was carrying around 200 passengers, was initially delayed because of a technical problem.

It was supposed to leave for Zürich from Tegel at 9:20pm on Friday – but left shortly after 11 pm.

At this point it was thought Zürich Airport officials were poised to allow the plane to land, even though the Swiss airport has a night-time curfew in place.

A ban on flights between 11:30pm and 6am has been in force since July 2010.

However, the pilot on the Easyjet flight then informed the passengers at around 11:40pm that there had been a misunderstanding – because Zurich Airport was not accepting any flights.

The plane then had to turn around and go back to Berlin. Tegel was already closed so the plane landed at around 12:15am in Schönefeld.

The Tagesspiegel reports that there were only five taxis at the airport due to the time of day, which left the passengers struggling to find transport. 

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Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights

An increased number of flights will link the Swiss city with dozens of international destinations.

Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights
SWISS and EasyJet will fly to 70 destinations. Photo by AFP

Starting on December 19th, the timetable from Geneva’s Cointrin airport will be expanded to include 70 cities.

Most flights will be operated by EasyJet and SWISS.

The flagship airline will jet to 15 cities, including two new destinations — Marrakech in Morocco and Hurghada in Egypt.

EasyJet will fly to 40 cities in Europe. It will ensure nonstop flights to Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece, among other popular destinations.

It will also be possible to fly again to many regions of central and eastern Europe, where flights were discontinued or sharply reduced during the pandemic.

They include Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, and Kosovo.

Before you book a flight, however, be aware of most recent regulations and restrictions that are in effect at your destination.

READ MORE: Covid-19: What you need to know if you are travelling abroad from Switzerland

Some countries require you to be tested for Covid-19 prior to arrival and present a negative result. Others have a compulsory quarantine.

Switzerland also requires arrivals from certain countries to self-quarantine for 10 days. 

Whether on arrival or return, quarantine means you won’t be able to go out or receive guests during the time mandated by the government — usually between 10 and 14 days.