German airline announces nonstop flights to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – By June 2017, there is expected to be new direct flights between New Orleans and Europe.

Thursday, Condor Airlines announced new, non-stop service between Armstrong International Airport and Frankfurt, Germany.

Local leaders, including New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu were on hand at the airport for the announcement.

“This is the first New Orleans trans-Atlantic flight in decades,” Landrieu said. “We have to the hard work of filling up the planes that go back and forth. I feel really great about it. I feel confident we’re going to be able to do fine.”

Condor is expected to provide twice weekly flights, from May through October, beginning in 2017.

The carrier’s regional Vice President Titus Johnson said one-way fares from New Orleans to Germany start at $399.

“We’re not just connecting New Orleans to Germany, we’re connecting New Orleans to the world,” Johnson said. “From Frankfurt we offer 120 or more seamless connections all over Europe and around the world.”

Johnson added that there is a lot of demand for New Orleans in Europe.

“It’s a city and region with very strong European culture, particularly French and Spanish,” Johnson said.

With the addition of direct service to Germany, there are now 5 international flights in and out of Armstrong International.

Those flights include travel to Panama City, Panama, Toronto, Cancun and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Mayor Landrieu said the airport’s new north terminal, now under construction, helped the city land Condor.

“If you want to be an economic center, you have to have two things, you have to have a great building and you have to have great airlines moving people to and from wherever the people want to go,” Landrieu said.

Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc., hopes Condor will lead the way for other international airlines to do business at Armstrong International.

“We have talks that are ongoing with a number of airlines and typically these projects take about three years,” Hecht said. “Some of those seeds are starting to blossom and I think we’re going to see more announcements down the pike.”

Condor is prepared to expand service if the demand is there.

“We’ve made it happen in other regions where we come in a couple times a week in the first season and we expand,” Johnson said. “In some regions, we go year round from Germany.”

GNO INC, did a study which showed New Orleans sends nearly 500 travelers a day to Western Europe.

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