Lithuania’s Small Planet Airlines Secures German AOC


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Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines launched operations under its new German air operator’s certificate (AOC) on May 13.

This latest approval means that Small Planet Airlines holds three AOCs, covering Germany, Lithuania and Poland.

Small Planet Airlines started flying from Germany last fall and decided to seek a local AOC to support expansion. This summer it will operate nearly 800 flights from two German bases—Bremen and Paderborn—using two Airbus A320s, flying for tour operators TUI and Thomas Cook.

“From the beginning there was the intention to establish a German air operator’s certificate and to operate flights under the German registration, basing aircraft at both main and regional airports across Germany … we can now move forward,” Small Planet Airlines CEO Andreas Wobig said.

Small Planet Airlines operates a fleet of 21 Airbus A320-family aircraft to destinations in Europe during the summer and Asia during the winter.

“Under the agreement with Thomas Cook, the company will handle over 100,000 passengers and will operate 460 flights from its Paderborn base during the summer season. Passengers will fly to Mediterranean resorts, mostly Mallorca in Spain. In total, 14 weekly flights to Rhodes, Heraklion, Kos, Menorca and Burgas are planned with another partner, TUI Deutschland,” the airline said.