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Condor announces new seasonal nonstop flights between San Diego and Germany

Thursday, June 9, 2016

SAN DIEGO – June 9, 2016 – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is pleased to confirm new seasonal service between San Diego and Frankfurt, Germany. The new flight, operated by Condor (DE), will be the only nonstop connection between San Diego and Continental Europe.

“Germany is San Diego’s largest destination country in Europe without nonstop service, so we’re excited to add this seasonal destination to our growing list of nonstop international flight options,” said Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Condor will begin service in May 2017 with up to three weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The route will operate on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and offer three classes of service: Business Class, Premium Class and Economy Class.

“We are very pleased to introduce this new link between San Diego and Frankfurt, giving Southern California a unique choice for their travels to Germany” states Jens Boyd, Group Head of Long-Haul at Condor. “And with our numerous partner airlines we offer flights beyond Frankfurt to over 120 destinations across Europe at very competitive prices. Furthermore San Diego is a very attractive destination for European tourists and we also will stimulate traffic from this direction.”

Besides Frankfurt, travelers will also have convenient one-stop access to European destinations such as Paris, Vienna, Prague, Venice, Berlin, Rome, Zagreb and many more.                                                                          

The Airport Authority worked with many key regional partners in securing this important new route with Condor, including the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the San Diego Tourism Authority.

“As one of San Diego’s top partners for exports and foreign investment, Germany is fast becoming one of our economy’s most important international markets,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. “Condor’s new direct flight will now link San Diego to one of Europe’s most important economic and cultural hubs.”

Joe Terzi, President and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority added: “We are so excited to have nonstop service from Frankfurt because Germany is a key international market for travel to California and San Diego. The addition of approximately 14,000 new seats to San Diego on Condor, Germany’s most popular leisure airline, will support our efforts to increase the share of international travelers to our region. We look forward to working with Condor and our local community to ensure the success of this very important service.”

Flight Schedule (all times local)

Dates of Operation


Departure Time

Arrival Time


(May 1 – Oct. 2, 2017)

Frankfurt (FRA) – San Diego (SAN)

12:20 p.m.

3:55 p.m.

San Diego (SAN) – Frankfurt (FRA)

5:40 p.m.

2:30 p.m. +1 day


(May 4 – Oct. 5, 2017)

Frankfurt (FRA) – San Diego (SAN)

9:40 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

San Diego (SAN) – Frankfurt (FRA)

2:55 p.m.

11:45 a.m. +1 day


(July 8 – Sept. 2, 2017)

Frankfurt (FRA) – San Diego (SAN)

11:20 a.m.

2:55 p.m.

San Diego (SAN) – Frankfurt (FRA)

4:40 p.m.

1:30 p.m. +1 day

The above schedule is subject to change.                                                                                                          

Flights can now be booked on and through local or online travel agencies.

 B-roll video of a Condor aircraft is available for download at  

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About Condor Airlines:

Condor Flugdienst GmbH has been flying its passengers to the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations since 1956. On an annual basis, more than 7 million passengers fly with Condor to around 75 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. 2016 the leisure airline will celebrate its 60st birthday with various promotions. Regular news about the anniversary can be found at 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 92 modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, of which 43 aircraft are in the Condor fleet: 9 Airbus A320s, 7 Airbus A321, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 14 Boeing 767-300s. The aircraft are maintained by the airline’s own technical operations.

Condor is co-initiator of the 4-litre campaign of the BDL (Bundesverband der deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft) and can record a peak value of less than 3 liters fuel consumption per passenger over 100 kilometers.

Condor is enjoying great popularity among German people and can refer to itself as “Brand of the Year 2015”. This is the finding of a ranking carried out by the market research institute YouGov on behalf of the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, based on 700,000 online surveys. In the “Mobility” category, Condor achieved very good survey results.

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