There was a big announcement from San Antonio International Airport yesterday, as they announced that Condor – the German Leisure airline – is planning to launch a service in Summer 2024.
It will mark the first time that time that Texas joins the Condor network. It will also be the only carrier offering a direct connection from San Antonio to Europe, without the need to change at one of the major hubs en-route.
The new route will operate between May to September 2024, with a nonstop flight from Frankfurt. The flights will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Planned operation is as follows
DEPART FRA 15:40 ARRIVE SAT 20:05 MONDAYS DEPART FRA 14:00 ARRIVE SAT 18:25 WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS DEPART SAT 22:05 ARRIVE FRA 15:20+1 MONDAYS DEPART SAT 20:25 ARRIVE FRA 13:30+1 WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS Operates 17th May to 6th September 2024 Operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Booked Equipment: Airbus A330-900neo
The flights will be operated with the Airbus A330-900neo aircraft featuring 310 seats (30 Business Class, 64 Premium Economy and 216 Economy).
More North American routes, too
In addition to San Antonio, Miami, Florida has also been added to the 2024 summer schedule with three weekly flights. Calgary, Alberta returns with two weekly flights for the summer season too.
Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor:
“North America is particularly popular with travelers, which is why we are happy to provide our guests with even more options for their flight. For example, in summer 2024 we will be offering additional destinations as well as more connections to the most popular destinations in North America. A new addition to the flight schedule is San Antonio in Texas, which we are the only airline to fly directly to from Europe.”
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said
“This a spectacular win for San Antonio,”
“This is the first time people in San Antonio will be able to fly from SAT to Europe nonstop and vice-versa. Germany is where San Antonio has the most demand for travel in Europe because of the cultural, historic, tourism, military and business ties.”
Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System, said Condor is a welcome addition for SAT, which will help attract other airlines and more destinations.
“This is just the beginning of so much more to come at SAT,” Saenz said. “We fully believe San Antonio will utilize this service to Europe and take advantage of Condor’s extremely competitive airfares. Once that happens, we anticipate Condor will expand their services even further
A first for San Antonio Airport
Have a quick look through the airlines that serve the airport, the airport has international traffic from Mexico, with AeroMexico, Sun Country Airlines, Volaris and VivaAeroBus all operating international services of some frequency to the airport.
This however seems to be the first time a European carrier is going to be servicing the airport, which is more than an interesting choice for Condor.
Three flights a week during a summer season is very much a good starting point for market testing, along with any aid to get the service off the ground.
It’ll be interesting to see if it gets picked up beyond the summer 2024 season.
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