Condor To Offer Non-Stop International Flights From Frankfurt, Germany To New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Condor Airlines is now booking non-stop flights from Germany to New Orleans.

         From the leisure airline’s home base in Frankfurt, passengers can fly to and from New Orleans starting in the summer of 2017, from May through September, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

         Condor is also offering new direct flights from Frankfurt International Airport to San Diego and to Seattle and Las Vegas from Munich.

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         “We have many years of experience with long-haul flights to tourist destinations and see great potential in our new destinations as well: San Diego and New Orleans,” Jens Boyd, Group Head of long-haul at Condor, said. “They are an ideal complement to the already large selection of cities we fly to in North America. In the summer of 2017, these two destinations will be brand new in our flight program. We are also expanding our existing offers with many additional flights to the most beautiful holiday spots.”

         During next year’s summer season, Condor will fly from Frankfurt to San Diego three times a week and to New Orleans twice a week. From Munich, Condor will fly to Seattle and Las Vegas twice a week, and once a week to Holguin in Cuba and to Mauritius.

         Flights to and from New Orleans are now selling for a low of $339.99.

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         The Boeing 767-300ER, mainly used for Condor’s long-haul flights, will offer 206 Economy seats, 18 in Business Class and 35 seats in Premium Class. The 10-hour transatlantic flight will have 1 captain, 1-2 co-pilots and 7 flight attendants.

         “New Orleans’ mystique resonates internationally,” Malcolm Smith, GM of the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the United States, said. “The city and the state of Louisiana have good brand awareness, but one drawback is its airlift.”

         Smith said Germany represents one of the Top 5 delegations out of the more than 70 attending the upcoming conference in New Orleans from Saturday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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         “The limited amount of international carriers to come through the New Orleans airport is a drawback, but with the expansion of Copa Airlines, and other airlines due to start servicing, that challenge is not insurmountable,” Smith said. “Plus, the international market stays longer than domestic travellers, about 2-3 weeks, which means they visit several cities and states, and airlift issues are not as big a problem if they can’t fly direct.”

         Smith said IPW will bring approximately 500,000 additional international visitors to New Orleans, during a three-year period following the convention, with an economic impact of more than $1.2 billion dollars in spending. Many of those tourists will be coming from Germany.

         Nationwide travel initiated by IPW is projected to bring 8.8 million international visitors to the United States, $28 billion in total spending and $4.7 billion in direct bookings to U.S. destinations over the next three years, according to the independent firm Rockport Analytics.

         "Our timing for hosting IPW could not be better,” said New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry. “Hosting this critical international travel conference fits perfectly with our plans for promoting New Orleans’ tricentennial in 2018. The combination of hosting IPW this year, and marketing the tricentennial globally in the next couple of years will result in hundreds of millions of new dollars of international capital flowing into New Orleans and Louisiana.”

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