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Value For Money

Condor offers competitive prices coupled with full service on board

Vacation Agent | Features & Advice | Theresa Norton

Value For Money

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Condor, the growing full-service German airline, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. While the name might not be instantly recognizable to all travel agents, it is well known and embraced in 15 North American cities, including a number of secondary markets.

“Quite simply, our niche is value for money,” says Titus Johnson, vice president-North America and the Caribbean region for Condor. “We’re striving to be the best value in our markets, offering competitive prices combined with full service on board.” Condor is part of the Thomas Cook Group, the massive London-based leisure travel company, and so its sister is Thomas Cook Airlines.

Previously the airlines primarily provided lift for vacation packages, but both now operate as full service, scheduled carriers. Thomas Cook flies from North America to Manchester, England, while Condor operates to Frankfurt, Germany, with one new weekly flight to Munich. Condor has operated from North America for 40 years and now is the No. 2 carrier to Frankfurt after Lufthansa and the third-largest German airline after Lufthansa and Airberlin. In the U.S., Condor operates nonstop service to Frankfurt from Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Baltimore; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The service is primarily seasonal – from April, May or June through September or October – but year round in Las Vegas and Seattle.

Starting June 27, Condor will operate nonstops on Monday and Thursday through Sept. 1, from Austin, the first-ever flights from the Texas capital to Frankfurt, Johnson says.

“Condor has a reputation for developing secondary markets such as Portland, Austin and Minneapolis-St. Paul,” he adds. “We continue to plan for that type of expansion.”

Those communities welcome Condor with open arms, not only because it’s a nonstop option to and from Frankfurt, but for the German tourists it brings to their regions.

“From Frankfurt, we partner with Lufthansa for well-timed, seamless connections throughout Europe and beyond,” Johnson says. “About 60 percent of our passengers who originate in the U.S. fly beyond Frankfurt.”

In Canada, Condor operates to and from Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Whitehorse. A new Friday nonstop to Munich, from Halifax, was scheduled to operate June 3-Oct. 14.


Condor is eager to work with agents, offering full connectivity in all the GDSs.

“We believe the agent community is a very strong form of distribution for Condor and Thomas Cook," says Titus Johnson, vice president-North America and the Caribbean region for Condor. "We very much value the 15,000 ARC travel agencies in the U.S., and we see them as a very important part of our current and future distribution as we grow in North America." Condor pays commission to key agency partners with which it has agreements. "We are very open," Johnson says. "If any agency has business, we'll reward them."

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Vacation Agent Magazine

A version of this article appears in print in the June 2016 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.