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Nov 14

New Berlin to O'Hare Service a Victory for airberlin and Chicago

Chamber member airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, plans to commence a new service between Berlin Brandenburg Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport in March 2013. The service will connect two world-class cities and is expected to generate $130 million in economic activity in the Chicagoland region.

The new Chicago service was announced to the public and opened for sale in mid-July 2012. It will commence on March 23, 2013 and initially operate three times weekly on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Beginning May 1, 2013, the service will operate five times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

In support of this new service, airberlin and Chicago have formed a Working Group as the launch date for the new service nears. The Working Group will assist with coordination of key action items to ensure the success of the service in generating economic benefits for all parties involved.

The group’s first meeting was held on September 12, 2012 at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to introduce Working Group members and coordinate future activities. Key officials from the Chamber, airberlin, World Business Chicago, Choose Chicago, and the German American Chamber of Commerce connected and developed key action items to focus on as the launch date approaches.

The Chamber expects this to be a highly productive partnership that will significantly bolster the regional economy and further solidify Chicago’s role as an international transportation hub.

For more information regarding the new service or the Working Group, contact Ben Wollitz, Chicagoland Chamber Vice President, Member Development and Retention, at or (312) 494-6704.

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