Delta Air Lines Inaugural Flight Event Berlin: Berlin Tegel to New York JFK

Delta Air Lines Inaugural Flight Event Berlin: Berlin Tegel to New York JFK
Berlin Tegel Airport, May 26, 2017
CDA Kent Logsdon

Meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, ich freue mich, anlässlich des erneuten Delta-Direktflugangebotes von Berlin nach New York, heute bei Ihnen sein zu können.

I am delighted to join you today to for the re-launch of Delta’s non-stop service from Berlin Tegel to New York’s JFK.

We could not be happier that Delta is bringing Berlin and the United States of America even closer together.  In addition to Delta’s seven direct flights from other German airports, this new Berlin-New York service will expand travel opportunities between Berlin and the U.S.

Berlin is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination for Americans; and your direct flights will make it even easier for Americans to get here.  Berlin is also a growing tech hub and this new flight will further improve the developing New York-Berlin connection between entrepreneurs and venture capital.

Without a doubt, however, the U.S. – and New York in particular – has long been a popular attraction for Berliners.

Tourism is an extremely important service sector in both the United States and Germany.  The travel and tourism industry is by definition a global business.  Both inbound and outbound tourism have important spinoff effects in terms of profits and jobs.  We estimate every 40 additional tourists from Germany to the U.S. creates one job at home.  The sector represents 30% of all U.S. service exports to Germany.  In 2015, the United States counted a record-setting 2.3 million visitors from Germany, an increase of more than 10%, marking the sixth consecutive year of growth.

More difficult to measure in numbers and facts, however, are the friendships formed and perspectives broadened through travel.  There are enormous spin-off effects in terms of cultural understanding.  We do not yet have a timeline for a new Ambassador – or even a name yet, so for the meantime it is my honor to fill in as Chargé d’affaires ad interim, but tourists, exchange students, business travelers – and old friends – are our very best mutual ambassadors.

In my line of work, as a diplomat, travel kind of comes with the job for both me and my family.  And my son, Will, as a seasoned traveler, and aircraft enthusiast, at the age of 15, is here with me today.  But no matter where we go, we are struck by how much people around the world know about the United States – and how much more they want to know.

Now there is always something new to see in New York City.  I hear there is a fantastic new interactive bus tour, “The Downtown Experience”, which brings the early history of the City right up close.  New York is of course a great museum city.  One of the newest attractions features chocolate, and of course we love seeing a show on Broadway!

Now I love New York City, but there is much, much more to see.  Use New York as a starting point, and “See how far you can go.”  This is this year’s marketing slogan for the United States’ national tourism marketing office, Brand USA.  Sample the water, the wonders, and the wine of Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes Region.  Visit Niagara Falls in Buffalo.  Take a ride on the canals, and enjoy the famous farm to table eateries along the way.  Follow one of the craft beer trails.  Last year, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its100th birthday.  Over 325 million people headed outdoors to help celebrate – and that included many Germans who are also in love with our great parks.

Dies ist für uns alle ein wirklich freudiger Anlass. Meinen herzlichsten Glückwunsch! Mögen die Flieger starten.
And so, this is a truly happy occasion for all of us.  Congratulations.  Let the flights begin.