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Condor Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights to Portland (OR) and Providence from Frankfurt

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Condor Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights to Portland (OR) and Providence from Frankfurt

Condor Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights to Portland (OR) and Providence from Frankfurt
September 02
12:26 2014

MIAMI — Condor Airlines will add nonstop service from Frankfurt to Portland (OR) and Providence next summer, flying to each city twice per week. The summer seasonal service to Portland will begin June 19th, 2015 and operate every Tuesday and Friday, while summer seasonal service to Providence will begin on June 18th, and operate Mondays and Thursdays. Both services will be operated by Condor’s three-class Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which seat either 245 ( 30J / 35Y+ / 180Y ) or 259 ( 18J / 35Y+ / 206Y) passengers.

Condor, Germany’s third largest carrier by passengers carried and fleet size, also serves Anchorage, Baltimore, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Seattle in the United States. The airline is owned by British travel and tourism company Thomas Cook Group and mostly focuses on leisure customers. Its services to Portland and Providence will be aimed at holiday travelers to and from the Pacific Northwest and Northeast respectively. After the merger of AirBerlin and LTU in March 2007, Condor has steadily risen to dominate the German leisure air travel market.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper – (Credits: Karl L. Swartz.)

Condor’s service to Frankfurt comes almost exactly five years after its former parent company Lufthansa cancelled its nonstop Portland-Frankfurt services, which it had operated since 2003. Portland still has the legacy Northwest flight to Amsterdam on Delta, but for Providence, the route becomes its first trans-Atlantic flight in more than a decade (in the late 1990s and early 2000s, SATA International operated nonstop flights to the Azores using Airbus A310s to cater to the large Portuguese population in the Providence Metro area).

The origin and destination (O&D) market from both cities is not particularly large, at roughly 175 passengers per week in each direction for Portland and just 15(!) passengers per week in each direction from Providence. However, the Providence flight will also be able to draw from the Hartford (24 passengers per week) and Boston (1100 passengers per week) metropolitan areas. Meanwhile when Portland had nonstop service to Frankfurt from Lufthansa, it was generating close to 450 passengers per week worth of demand in each direction. Between travel package sales, connections over Frankfurt (small but not insignificant), and connections through Portland on Alaska Airlines, Condor should be able to make these routes work.

 

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