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Condor Airlines to Offer Regularly Scheduled International Service from T. F. Green Airport

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning June 18, 2015, Condor Airlines will start regularly scheduled seasonal service from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to T.F. Green Airport (PVD). Flights will operate on Mondays and Thursdays on a Boeing B767/300 and are available for booking on www.condor.com.

“Our continued investment in modernizing T.F. Green and extending the runway is key to helping attract new business, jobs, and tourism to Rhode Island.”

“I am pleased to help welcome Condor Airlines to T.F. Green starting next summer. This new international service will give Rhode Island travelers a direct, affordable connection to Frankfurt and Europe. And it should help make Rhode Island a more popular destination for European tourists and businesses looking to expand to our shores,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who helped direct an estimated $110 million federal investment to upgrade T.F. Green. “Our continued investment in modernizing T.F. Green and extending the runway is key to helping attract new business, jobs, and tourism to Rhode Island.”

Support for the entrance of Condor into the Rhode Island market has been a coordinated effort of the airport working in unison with government and travel and tourism partners. Germany is a beautiful country and place to visit as well as an important connecting hub for travelers wishing to journey to greater Europe.

“T.F. Green is a terrific airport, which is ideally situated in New England. We are pleased that Condor has chosen us,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said, “Our state and its location offers optimum access to top tourist destinations. Germans rank as one of the top inbound visitors to Rhode Island, and this new service will make it easier for them to travel to our great state.”

The Airport and travel partners will launch a destination marketing campaign to raise awareness of the new service aboard Condor. With its miles of coastline, unique arts cultural experiences and seasonal offerings, Rhode Island is certain to be of interest to travelers from Germany and other European markets.

"The USA has so much more to offer than just California, New York and Florida. Rhode Island is a very special destination for our customers. The new Condor flights offer the best access to New England's tourist highlights such as the beaches of Cape Cod, Martha‘s Vineyard and Nantucket. The metropolis of Boston is less than an hour's drive away," explained Jens Boyd, Head of Long-Haul at Thomas Cook Group Airlines. "Rhode Island is the latest addition to Condor's current destinations of Minneapolis (MSP), Baltimore / Washington (BWI), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Seattle (SEA), Anchorage (ANC) and Fairbanks (FAI)."

“We welcome Condor to T.F. Green Airport and the State of Rhode Island. Today marks a milestone for the airport as this is the first time we are able to offer non-stop scheduled international service to Greater Europe and connecting destinations,” said Kelly Fredericks, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that manages and operates T.F. Green Airport. “We fully recognize the many positive impacts this service will have not only on the airport, but to the state and region with regard to inbound tourism and business development. To our new partner, Condor, Dankeschön, and to our new German customers, Willkommen! We look forward to the start of service in June 2015 and seeing you in Rhode Island.”

One-way tickets are now available for booking in Economy Class, Premium Economy Class, and Business Class. Flights can be booked at www.condor.com or at 1-866-960-7915.

Flights from PVD to Frankfurt at a glance:

Days of Operation         Mondays and Thursdays
Aircraft         Boeing 767-300 with 259 seats, thereof 18 in Business Class and 35 in Premium Economy Class
Flight Times FRA-PVD (local times)         DE1014 Mondays 11:40 AM – 2:05 PM

DE4014 Thursdays 3:35 PM – 6:00 PM

Flight Times PVD-FRA (local times)         DE1015 Mondays 4:20 PM – 5:40+1 AM

DE4015 Thursdays 8:05 PM – 9:25+1 AM

Flight Duration (average)         FRA-PVD: 8 hours 25 minutes

PVD-FRA: 7 hours 20 minutes

       

The Condor announcement comes in the midst of Green Airport’s Expansion Program, which enhances the runway safety areas and extends the primary runway to 8,700 ft. for aircraft efficiency.

ABOUT CONDOR
Condor Flugdienst GmbH has been flying its passengers to the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations since 1956. On an annual basis, 7 million passengers fly with Condor to around 75 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Since 2013, the German airline Condor, is part of the Thomas Cook Group Airlines to which the Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia also belong. The fleet of the airlines in the Thomas Cook Group comprises 88 modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, of which 40 aircraft are in the Condor fleet: 12 Airbus A320s, 3 Airbus A321, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 Boeing 767-300s. The aircraft are maintained by the airline’s own technical operations. In a representative survey of Focus and Focus Money, called “Mit gutem Gewissen”, Condor was elected the most environmentally sustained airline and received the sustainability prize in 2014. Condor is co-initiator of the four-litre-campaign of the federal association of German aviation (BDL): German aviation consumption of kerosine is less than 4 litres per passenger on 100 kilometres.

Contacts

For Rhode Island Airport Corporation
Patti Goldstein, 401-691-2272
pgoldstein@pvdairport.com
or
Rebecca Pazienza, 401-691-2278
rpazienza@pvdairport.com