Condor turns 60; growth in Spain, US and Canada offset by downturn in Egypt and Turkey; New Orleans and San Diego new for S17

Condor turns 60 - growing in Spain, US and Canada

The US is already Condor’s fourth biggest country market (after Spain, Turkey and Greece) and next summer will see further expansion with the introduction of the airline’s first ever service to New Orleans on 3 May 2017. This will be a couple of days after the airline begins its first ever service to San Diego in California.

Condor Flugdienst celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this year. The German leisure airline, which is now part of the Thomas Cook Group, operates a fleet of over 40 aircraft. These are a mix of narrow-body A320-series and 757s, plus some wide-body 767s. Last year the airline carried around seven million passengers. For comparison Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK carried 6.4 million passenger according to UK CAA statistics. In all, according to the annual report of the Thomas Cook Group, the airlines of the group transported 17 million passengers in 2015.

This summer Condor is operating flights from just nine German airports. In S15 it was 11, but the airline no longer operates flights from either Paderborn or Dresden. Frankfurt is by far the airline’s leading base accounting for 35% of the airline’s capacity, followed by Munich (14%) and Düsseldorf (13%). According to analysis of OAG schedule data total capacity this summer is down around 6%, primarily because of significant capacity reduction in the Turkish and Egyptian markets. Out of Condor’s nine German airports, S16 capacity is up at five of them (compared with S15) and down at four. Munich has seen the biggest growth (of almost 20%), while Berlin Schönefeld and Stuttgart have both seen cuts of around 25%.

Chart:Condor S16 seat capacity by German airport Thousands of departing seats in S16 [Change versus S15]

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for S16.

Spain, US and Canada growing

In S15 Turkey and Egypt were Condor’s second and fourth biggest country markets. Both have seen capacity cuts of around 40% this summer. While Turkey remains in second place (behind Spain, but only just ahead of Greece) Egypt has dropped to seventh. Growth has come from Spain (+13%), the US (+21%), Canada (+26%) and Cuba (+20%). Spain now represents almost 42% of capacity, with Turkey and Greece each representing a further 16%. As a result the top three country markets account for almost three-quarters of the airline’s seat capacity this summer.

Chart: Condor S16 capacity by destination country Thousands of seats from German airports in S16 (Change versus S15)

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for S16.

US growth has been helped by the launch this summer (27 June) of a new route between Frankfurt and Austin-Bergstrom in Texas. Meanwhile the Canadian market benefitted from a new link between Munich and Halifax in Nova Scotia which started on 3 June.

Palma de Mallorca usurps Antalya as leading destination

The decline in the Turkish market means that Antalya loses its place as Condor’s leading destination, which was the case in S15. That role is now filled by Palma de Mallorca as the 36% cut in Antalya capacity sees the Turkish beach destination drop to second place. There are six Spanish destinations (shown in bright green) in the top 10, along with two in Greece and one each in Egypt and Turkey. The top 15 destinations account for 75% of all seat capacity this summer. Apart from Antalya and Hurghada, other airports with year-on-year capacity cuts include Fuerteventura, Rhodes and Kos.

Chart: Condor S16 capacity by destination airport Thousands of seats from German airports in S16 [Change versus S15]

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for S16.

Malta, New Orleans, Porto Santo and San Diego new for S17

Condor has already revealed plans for its S17 schedule. This will include four new European destinations (Malta, Porto Santo, Samos and Volos) as well as two new US destination, New Orleans and San Diego. Malta will be served twice-weekly from Hamburg, Porto Santo will be served from Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, Samos will be served weekly from Frankfurt and Volos will be served from Munich. Both of the new US routes, which both launch at the beginning of May, will be served from Frankfurt.

Condor added Austin-Bergstrom in Texas to its network on 27 June with direct flights from Frankfurt. This will be appreciated by staff working at the racing teams of Audi and Porsche who will be among those contesting the 6 Hours Of Circuit of the Americas taking place just outside Austin on 17 September this year.

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