Condor Airlines sees opportunity in the province of Alberta and has committed increased frequency on their summer routes to Canada.
Condor currently offers two non-stop flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Calgary on Tuesdays and Fridays during the peak summer travel period and will now be offering a new non-stop flight to this route on Wednesdays from the end of June to the beginning of September.
The airline also has added a new weekly non-stop flight from Germany into Toronto and a new flight into Vancouver on Sundays from July 7 to September 8. Increasing direct air access from Germany into these airports feeds traffic into Alberta in conjunction with tour operators that offer programs into our province.
All Condor flights into Alberta this summer will operate a B767-300 aircraft. With an additional 270 seats per flight, this is a potential of an incremental 2700 travellers directly into Alberta.
“Direct air access from Germany to Alberta is critical to Travel Alberta’s German marketing efforts,” says Royce Chwin, Vice-President of Global Marketing and Communications with Travel Alberta. “This additional lift displays confidence in the Alberta market.”
Germany is Travel Alberta’s second largest European market. The latest data from Statistics Canada shows that in 2010, there were 79,000 overnight person-visits to Alberta from Germany, resulting in $81 million in trip expenditures. German travellers to Alberta stay an average of 10 nights and spend an estimated $1027 per person.
The German travellers are looking for outdoor experiences and stunning scenery which is a good fit for Alberta’s authentic experiences in breathtaking landscapes.
Travel Alberta will be working with Condor to help promote the increased frequency and fill the seats into Calgary. Travel Alberta’s marketing initiatives in Germany are mainly carried out in partnership with tour operators as most travellers from this market still view them as their preferred booking method for long-haul travel.
About Condor - Condor Flugdienst GmbH has been flying its passengers to the world’s loveliest holiday destinations since 1956. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook, one of the world’s leading tour operators. Every year, Condor flies over six million passengers to around 75 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The leisure airline’s fleet comprises 38 modern, eco-friendly aircraft: twelve Airbus A320s, one Airbus A321, 13 Boeing 757-300s and twelve Boeing 767-300s.