Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIREKT! Direct Flights from Germany into T.F. Green !!

German Condor Airlines to launch Frankfurt-Providence, RI service

(Will we be able to use Condor next spring?  Nope.  Unfortunately, Condor is scheduled to open their service just a week too late for us in 2015. -- rsb)

German Condor Airlines to launch Frankfurt-Providence, RI service
Sep 03, 2014
PROVIDENCE, RI - 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.

“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.”

Flights from PVD to Frankfurt at a glance:
  • Days of Operation   Mondays and Thursdays
  • Aircraft       Boeing 767-300 with 259 seats [18 in Business Class;  35 in Premium Economy]
  • 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.

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