The Cape of Good Hope cake celebrating Condor’s new route to Cape Town was cut by Ralf Teckentrup, CEO Condor; Stefan Schulte, CEO Fraport; and Martin Kohlhaussen, South African honorary consul. As music and dance was performed for passengers by the band African All Stars, the gentlemen also cut the ribbon to open the route previously operated by Lufthansa.
- Condor, the German leisure carrier in Thomas Cook Group, embarked on long-haul expansion in the last week. Four new routes were launched; to Asia, Middle East, Africa and Caribbean destinations. The airline became the second European carrier to serve Cambodia after Air France’s Phnom Penh route when it launched weekly flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Siem Reap (REP) on 2 November. The route is operated via Phuket in Thailand on the return sector, using 270-seat 767-300ER aircraft. The following day, Condor launched another long-haul route from Frankfurt as the airline began serving Cape Town (CPT) in South Africa. The twice-weekly operations, also with 767-300ER aircraft, are a response to Lufthansa dropping its route between the two airports earlier this year and instead moving its Cape Town services to Munich. Deidre Davids, Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport, commented: “This is the first international airline to join the Cape Town International Airport family for this year following Air France and Edelweiss Air who launched direct flights to Cape Town at the end of 2011.” The same date, Condor also expanded in Düsseldorf (DUS), launching two weekly operations to Dubai (DXB) in competition with Emirates’ twice-daily flights. Condor, which uses 265-seat 757-300s on the route, last operated the route two years ago during the winter 2010/11 season. This is the airline’s second route to Dubai after its services from Frankfurt. On 2 November, Condor also launched its second route to Varadero (VRA) in Cuba after its flights from Frankfurt, when the airline launched weekly flights from Austria’s capital Vienna (VIE) with 767-300ER aircraft.