(published in NOLA.com
Condor Airlines will continue its twice-weekly, summertime nonstop flights from New Orleans to Germany in 2018. The flight launched in May as one of two new European connections for the city.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Airport Director Kevin Dolliole and Jens Boyd, a director of long-haul and revenue management for the Thomas Cook Group, which operates Condor, announced the renewal of the service Tuesday morning (Oct. 10) after the airline wrapped up its 2017 seasonal flights. The last Condor flight from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany, for this year departed Oct. 4.
Boyd said the decision to bring the service back next year reflects strong demand in New Orleans and the airline’s growing set of North American destinations, which include Seattle, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. The airline, which caters to price-conscious vacation travelers, will add a flight from Phoenix to Germany in 2018.
“Our Condor flights still are the only nonstop service from New Orleans to Germany, and the bookings so far clearly showed that Louisianians love our service,” Boyd said.
Next year’s Condor flights from New Orleans to Frankfurt will launch May 17, 2018, and run through Sept. 30, 2018. A 259-seat Boeing 767-300ER will fly the route.
The flights will depart New Orleans on Thursdays and Sundays at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt the following day at 10:40 a.m. Flights departing from Frankfurt will leave at 11:50 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in New Orleans on the same day at 3:55 p.m.
On Tuesday, Condor’s Boyd touted the flight as an ideal connection for New Orleanians planning an affordable trip to access Europe. He noted Condor offers flights to more than 120 places in Europe from Frankfurt, Germany.
Tickets started at $349 one-way for an economy seat when the flight launched this year May 3. Fare was $549 one-way for premium seats and $879 one-way for business class.
Tickets for the summer 2018 flights are currently on sale, according to a news release announcing the flight.