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German leisure airline Condor could be coming to an airport near you this summer.
The airline has scheduled nonstop service from its home base in Frankfurt (FRA) to 12 cities across the U.S. and an additional 4 in Canada, all of which are set to launch in May of this year.
“Due to the pandemic, the USA and Canada were only accessible to a limited extent for 2 summers — this year we are expecting a lot of pent-up demand from our guests who finally want to travel to the land of unlimited opportunities again or immerse themselves in the endless expanses of Canada,” said Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor.
Let’s take a closer look at the carrier’s upcoming North American network.
Condor’s U.S. Routes
Given that the U.S. is Condor’s most popular leisure destination, it’s no surprise it’s upping the ante in the market since transatlantic travel is expected to bounce back this summer.
Until now, Condor has focussed on predominantly leisure destinations in the U.S. such as Anchorage (ANC), Las Vegas (LAS), and Seattle (SEA).
However, in announcing several new U.S. destinations, the leisure airline will go head-to-head with German full-service carrier, Lufthansa, which already offers nonstop flights to each of Condor’s new destinations in the U.S.
You can purchase Condor flights right now between Frankfurt (FRA) and each of its new U.S. destinations: Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), and San Francisco (SFO).
In total, Condor will fly to the following 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada this summer:
- Anchorage (ANC)
- Baltimore (BWI)
- Boston (BOS)
- Fairbanks (FAI)
- Halifax (YHZ)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
- New York (JFK)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Portland (PDX)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Toronto (YYZ)
- Vancouver (YVR)
- Whitehorse (YXY)
For those living in and around Baltimore, Phoenix, Portland, and the Twin Cities, Condor’s service to Frankfurt will provide the only nonstop connection to Germany.
Flying Condor Airlines
A fleet of 16 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operates Condor’s transatlantic routes between the U.S. and Canada and Frankfurt, Germany.
Depending on the particular configuration, the jets feature either 180, 200, or 202 economy seats, 35 in premium economy, and either 18 or 30 seats in business class.
Condor’s business class seats are in a 2-2-2 layout (meaning not all passengers have direct aisle access) and, worst of all, they do not recline into the fully flat position. This isn’t too much of a surprise, though, as Condor markets itself as a lower-cost airline, and some of these 767s are close to 30 years old!
As of May 2022, 12 U.S. cities will have nonstop flights to Frankfurt with Condor.
The airline’s summer 2022 schedule will provide some U.S. cities with their only nonstop link to Frankfurt and the rest of Germany, and will hopefully bring down costs for U.S. travelers in the process.
However, if you have points you’re eager to burn and you won’t settle for anything less than a lie-flat bed in the premium cabin, you may prefer to fly Lufthansa or a U.S. carrier instead.
Featured Image Credit: Daniel Ross
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