German leisure airline Condor has unveiled part of its Winter 20/21 schedule which will include a brand new route between Düsseldorf and Cancún. Passengers will now have the option of traveling to the Mexican hotspot directly from either Düsseldorf or Munich. This latest development is part of Condor’s plan to phase in long-haul routes from the German airport to enhance its network offering.
What’s the new route?
Condor, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline, has expanded its route network this week with an additional flight to Mexico. The airline’s new route will be the third that the carrier offers from Germany, complementing its current routes from Munich and Frankfurt.
Excitingly, the new route will begin in just eight months’ time on 3rd November 2020 and tickets can already be booked. The flight schedule for the service is as follows:
- Condor flight number DE2156 leaves Düsseldorf at 12:00 and arrives into Cancún at 17:50 on Tuesdays.
- Condor flight number DE2157 leaves Cancún at 19:50 and arrives into Düsseldorf at 11:30 the next day
- On Saturdays, Condor flight number DE2156 leaves Düsseldorf at 08:30 and arrives into Cancún at 14:20.
- Condor flight number DE2157 leaves Cancún at 16:20 and arrives into Düsseldorf at 08:00 the next day on Saturdays.
For Condor, this route will be the first direct service to Cancún that operates out of Düsseldorf. At the moment, the airline manages to offer services between the two destinations via a partnership with Lufthansa which adds just under five hours to the journey time. That route is preferable to the one that Condor offers in partnership with the German railway company Deutsche Bahn. A journey between Düsseldorf and Cancún can take anywhere in the region of 18 to 23.5 hours.
Needless to say, Condor’s new direct offering opens up a lot of opportunities.
Düsseldorf is part of a larger project
However, it’s not just customers who will able to benefit from this novel offering. It’s the airline as well. In order to make the twice-weekly winter jaunt possible, Condor will use a Boeing 767-300 which will be stationed in Düsseldorf Airport. That’s because Condor hopes Düsseldorf will become a brand new hub for long-haul flying.
The CEO of Düsseldorf Airport mirrored Condor’s own elation about the move by stating that the new service showed positive growth in what it called “turbulent times”. In that same press release, the CEO of Condor, Ralf Teckentrup echoed the excitement.
“Condor already successfully flies to long-haul tourist destinations from Frankfurt and Munich and is supplementing its existing range with flights from Düsseldorf. This is our response to market demand from both end customers and our tour operator partners. We are still examining further long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf has always been an important location for Condor.”
Whilst, yes, Düsseldorf is important it has never been the pinnacle of Condor’s long-haul operation.
What is Condor’s current Düsseldorf operation like?
From Düsseldorf, Condor operates many regional flights. In fact, the furthest destination that is normally scheduled for its winter timetable is Hurghada in Egypt. However, thanks to the new offerings in Mexico, Condor passengers will also be able to fly further afield from Düsseldorf as well as to those much loved Spanish, Greek, and Turkish holiday destinations.
So, where else could Condor think of flying on long-haul routes from Düsseldorf? Well, Condor is quite proud of the offering it operates out of Munich. From there, passengers can fly to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and to Seattle in the US. What’s more, the airline operates both of these routes with the Boeing 767-300. Condor also offers both of these destinations from Frankfurt. Needless to say, these could be good options.
Alternatively, could Condor use Düsseldorf as a place to launch direct long-haul flights that currently fly out Frankfurt? The Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Tobago could then look like tempting options.
Wherever Condor chooses to expand, one thing is for certain: progression for new routes will be slow. Remember that the airline is only basing one 767-300 in Düsseldorf. (For now, at least.) Still, that should be good enough to bring the world closer to its customers.
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