Condor Airlines, part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines, and the third largest airline in Germany, announced the largest U.S. expansion in its 60-year history.
The airline will expand its route network this summer with new, non-stop service from San Diego, Pittsburgh and New Orleans to Frankfurt and beyond. It will also add new, non-stop service to Munich from existing gateways in Seattle and Las Vegas.
With a total of 11 gateways, Condor Airlines is the only discount carrier operating in the U.S. with full-service, inclusive fares in three classes of service.
All the new routes will use Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
This is the first time Condor has flown from San Diego, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. The carrier currently serves the U.S. from: Anchorage, Austin, Baltimore, Fairbanks, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle.
Thomas Cook Group Airlines has seen a surge in flights to and from North America. Passenger numbers from North America to Europe have more than doubled in the last three years, with nine newly introduced routes within this period. More than one million passengers used the airlines’ services via the North Atlantic in 2016.
“This is an exciting time for Condor as we continue to expand our route network in the important trans-Atlantic market,“ said Christoph Debus, CEO Thomas Cook Group Airlines.
“As demand for travel to Europe from the U.S. increases, we are pleased to bring Condor’s award-winning, three-class service at a value-oriented price to a growing list of under-served U.S. airports.”
The Condor Airlines route network includes more than 75 destinations with easy connections to more than 230 global destinations through partnerships with other carriers. In the U.S. partners such as Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and Sun Country provide easy access to Condor’s long-haul flights from many cities across the country, while the extensive partner network in Frankfurt and Munich, consisting of Lufthansa, Croatia Airlines, Swiss and many more, connects passengers with flights throughout Europe.