It’s been a major month of airplane news. Regional and express carriers such as American Eagle made headlines earlier in June when the 120 degree temperatures made it too hot for them to fly, leaving passengers stuck at Sky Harbor. Now, the valley’s international airport is making waves with the announcement of the first nonstop flight from Phoenix to Germany.
Condor Airlines, a German leisure airline, has announced plans to offer nonstop flights from Phoenix to Frankfurt, Germany beginning next spring. This will be a big boost for one of the top ten busiest airports in the country, which currently only hosts British Airways that connects passengers to overseas destinations. To encourage more international flights, the Phoenix City Council recently approved a new incentive program that offers waivers and marketing fees to airlines that partner with Sky Harbor.
Phoenix will serve as the twelfth U.S. destination for Condor, which will launch Phoenix-Frankfurt flights on May 18 of next year, offering seasonal service on Mondays and Fridays that is slated to end in September. The airline is part of British travel giant Thomas Cook, and began seasonal service to Germany from San Diego this summer.
It’s been more than a decade since Phoenix travelers could hop on a flight to Germany- Lufthansa offered service from 2001 to 2003 but discontinued it because it wasn’t making enough money.
For Phoenix travelers hoping to catch a flight to Germany next year, the cheapest fares current exchange rates begin at $780 round-trip. There will be three classes of service aboard Condor’s Boeing 767-business, premium and economy.
For more information on the new service please visit the official Condor website! For more Sky Harbor information, please visit the official website of the friendliest airport in America!