Premiere at Hamburg Airport: On 25 February, Germania introduced a new service, linking the Hanseatic city to Mashhad in northeastern Iran. The route is served once a week. Taking off on Wednesdays, Germania is now operating the only direct flight between Mashhad and a destination in Europe. Germania has been steadily expanding its presence at Hamburg Airport. In November 2014, the airline had already added Marrakech in Morocco to its route network from Hamburg.
Pilgrim Hub & Economic Hothouse
Next to Tehran, Mashhad is the second largest city in the country. The city is most famous and revered for housing the tomb of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam visited by more than 100,000 people each year. In addition, Mashhad is Iran’s second largest automobile production hub. Other major industries in the cit include food, clothing, leather, textiles, chemicals, steel and non-metallic mineral industries, construction materials factories, handicraft industry and metal industries. The connection from Hamburg to Mashad is thus not only aimed at pilgrims, or people wishing to visit friends or relatives in Iran, but also to the growing number of business and leisure travellers as groups or individuals. Next to London, Hamburg has the largest community of Iranian citizens in Europe, and thus a huge potential for the new service. Germania is the only airline to offer a direct route between Europe and the North East of the country.