Almost one million seats have been put on sale by easyJet for flights operating to and from Berlin Tegel following its takeover of part of collapsed Air Berlin.

The UK budget carrier claims to have lowered fares on four German domestic routes and 15 international services over the winter period from January 5 to March 24.

More routes are to be announced for the summer season.

The new routes announced include domestic links to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart with one way fares starting at €49.43.

The 15 international destinations include up to five flights a day to key cities like Vienna and Zurich, as well as regular connections to popular leisure destinations like Majorca and Catania.

The airline will use some wet lease aircraft alongside its own to operate flights from Tegel to enable the launch of the winter flight programme as soon as possible.

The Tegel flights remain subject to regulatory approval of the deal with Air Berlin.

EasyJet signed an agreement with Air Berlin to acquire part of its operations at Tegel in October.

EasyJet plans to operate the leading short haul network at Tegel.

The airline is already carries more than 5.3 million passengers to and from Berlin each year through 51 routes from its existing base at Berlin Schoenefeld airport, which opened in 2004.

EasyJet Europe managing director, Thomas Haagensen, said: “Our passengers have a great choice of Germany and Europe’s most popular destinations with fares starting from just €42 per person.

“EasyJet is proud to deliver more competition and lower fares to passengers in Germany, particularly on domestic routes where there is currently limited choice.

“Our schedule from Tegel also delivers excellent value for business passengers who will benefit from first wave departures enabling day trips to get passengers back home by dinnertime.”