Monday 22 September 2003 was the occasion of the first Cologne-Geneva-Cologne flight to be made by the German airline Hapag-Lloyd Express.
The new connection was inaugurated with a magnificent flaming yellow Boeing 737-700. Henceforth, the great city on the banks of the Rhine and the city at the end of the lake will be linked daily by a morning flight from Monday to Saturday (DEP Cologne 6.30 a.m. - ARR Geneva 7.50 a.m. - DEP Geneva 8.20 a.m. - ARR Cologne 9.40 a.m.) and an evening flight on Sundays (DEP Cologne 7.00 p.m.- ARR Geneva 8.20 p.m. - DEP Geneva 8.50 p.m. - ARR 10.10 p.m.).
Hapag-Lloyd Express is the first “low cost” German airline to fly to Geneva. A 100% subsidiary of LTUI AG, the largest travel and tourism company in the world, Hapag-Lloyd Express will henceforth offer point-to-point flights to many towns in Germany and several European countries, e.g. Italy and the United Kingdom.
The CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Express, Wolfgang Kurth, who was on the inaugural flight, emphasised the importance his airline attaches to the new line, which is aimed at both tourists and businessmen from two of the most dynamic regions of Europe.