Eurowings Discover launches first US flight between Tampa and Frankfurt
Tampa Airport for Eurowings Discover launch to Frankfurt
Tampa International Airport has welcomed Eurowings Discover with a nonstop route to Frankfurt. The four times weekly service is the region’s first direct connection to the European Union since 2020.
With a water salute welcome for the American flag-waving crew, Tampa Airport officials and representatives from Lufthansa Group and Eurowings Discover gathered to celebrate the region’s first direct service to the European Union since the pandemic began.
Eurowings Discover CEO and Lufthansa Group senior captain Wolfgang Raebiger was there to not only join in the celebration but to actually fly the airline’s outbound passengers from Tampa to Frankfurt. “Eurowings Discover provides quality, reliable service to the most beautiful destinations in the world,” Raebiger said. “In addition to the Tampa flight, we will launch six additional destinations in the US and Canada during 2022, including round-trip service from Fort Myers, FL to Frankfurt.”
Florida is Lufthansa Group’s most prolific US market, with gateways including Miami and Orlando, and Fort Myers planned for 2022. “Germans love Florida,” said Silke Wobken, Lufthansa Group Senior Director Sales for USA East, who was also at Tampa Airport to celebrate.
Customers will benefit from the direct link to Lufthansa Group’s Frankfurt hub, as well as a vast, worldwide network, including connections through Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and SWISS, as well as code share flights with United Airlines and Air Canada. Furthermore, beginning on 2 March 2022, SWISS, operated by Edelweiss, will begin non-stop twice-weekly flights from Tampa to Zurich.
“The United States remains the most important market for the Lufthansa Group outside of our European bases, and we remain committed to the region as we map our recovery from the impacts of the pandemic,” said Frank Naeve, Vice President of Passenger Airline Sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group. “Tampa is now our 18th gateway in the US, and Florida has our largest footprint, with more Lufthansa Group gateways than any other state in the country. Florida’s travellers benefit from the extensive network we offer, and we continue to see strong travel demand in the region.”
“Being the inaugural US market for Eurowings Discover is a huge honour for us,” says Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “The resumption of nonstop flights to Frankfurt offers our travellers countless adventures in Europe and beyond, while infusing millions of tourism dollars into our region. We’re thankful for our strong partnership with the Lufthansa Group and remain committed to supporting their growth in Tampa Bay.”