LONDON – Condor, a German-based leisure carrier has announced that it will strengthen its presence in the United States by adding a series of additional routes between Europe and the USA in the summer of 2022, thus making it the second airline to connect Germany with major US airports after Lufthansa.
With the mix of short and long-haul routes, Condor is making a bold move by adding a range of trans-Atlantic routes, which are historically operated by Lufthansa, along with more unusual routes which LH has never operated. Below displayed routes will be operated by the Condor over the summer 2022 schedule from Frankfurt.
With the bold choice of various non-Lufthansa destinations such as Anchorage, Fairbanks, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, it has been evident that the Condor is making its trans-Atlantic route more versatile and stronger by offering more options to rather unusual and seasonal destinations.
With these additions by Condor, Lufthansa is set to witness new parallel competition on its trans-Atlantic routes, as historically, there was non-existent direct competition for Lufthansa, with the carrier and its Star Alliance transatlantic joint venture partners dominating the markets they operate in out of Germany.
Meanwhile, it is worth fact-checking the real amplitude of the Condor’s bold move, as the carrier’s long haul fleet consists of outdated Boeing 767’s, offering limited inflight options and choices to passengers.
However, the airline is expected to introduce new A330-900 NEO’s thus elevating its competitive angels by offering much better services and seat options.
Simultaneously, the carrier lacks in attracting regional feeds, as German regulators are requiring Lufthansa to continue to offer feeder flights by executing a codeshare agreement, or else Condor would be in serious trouble.
With this aspiration and its strategy to strengthen its presence in the United States, it would be interesting to see the developing traffic trends from Europe.
Meanwhile, Condor is trying to capture Lufthansa’s traditional route credit, it would be interesting to see how the consumer choices will be revolving around carrier choice.