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Flying with Germanwings

Germanwings was founded in 1997 and previously had its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. It was a low-cost airline owned by its parent company, Lufthansa, and in 2016 was merged with Eurowings, its sister company. Germanwings flights travelled to more than 80 destinations mainly in Europe with a fleet of over 60 aircraft. It also had various operating bases in German airports such as Hamburg Airport, Berlin Tegel Airport and Dsseldorf Airport.

Passengers could choose from several different types of fares when booking a Germanwings flight. The Basic tariff offered hand baggage only while the Best tariff included hold luggage as well as a snack and a drink on board the flight. Many of the Germanwings flights included Italian destinations such as Milan, Rome and Venice, plus Spanish destinations such as Barcelona, Bilbao and Ibiza. Greek destinations like Rhodes, Corfu and Athens were also regularly flown to, as were the Polish destinations of Krakow and Warsaw.

Online check-in

Online check-in is possible on Germanwings flights up to 72 hours prior to the flight departure. In order to check in online, passengers are required to enter their booking code as well as their surname. Passengers are able to check in online from a smartphone or tablet as well as a computer. Passenger's checking in online can print off their boarding pass and choose the seat that they would like to sit in. Alternatively, they can store their e-ticket on their mobile phone. By checking in online in advance passengers can save time by being able to avoid long queues at the airport.

Hand luggage allowance

All Germanwings passengers are allowed to take 1 piece of hand luggage as long as it does not weigh more than 8 kg or is larger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. When at the airport, heavier or larger items will be checked in and stored in the hold. Liquids in containers with a capacity of 100 ml or less can be taken on board. All containers must fit into a sealed plastic bag, and the total amount of liquid per passenger may not exceed 1 litre. Liquids purchased at duty free shops are also allowed to be taken on board.

Checked baggage policy

All passengers with a SMART fare ticket are allowed to take 1 piece of luggage as long as it does not weigh more than 23 kg whilst BEST fare ticket holders can take 2 pieces of luggage both weighing up to 23 kg. Additional fees will be incurred for luggage that exceeds the allowed size and weight limitations.

It is possible to take sporting equipment on a Germanwings flight. Bicycles must be stored securely in a box or bicycle bag. The wheels should be deflated, the pedals removed and handlebars must be secured. Surfboards and bodyboards should also be put in a bag to protect them during transportation. Passengers should ensure their name and address is clearly labelled on their hold baggage.

Additional information

  • Airline name: Eurowings, formerly Germanwings
  • IATA code: 4U
  • Year Founded: 1997
  • Headquarters: Cologne, Germany
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