“While we know many leisure travelers will use this route, we have at least 13 German companies with Pittsburgh offices or subsidiaries and 15 German organizations in the region,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis.
(PRWEB) December 06, 2016
Pittsburgh International Airport is announcing its second new nonstop transatlantic flight in a week.
Today, Condor Airlines announced new seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany, a city that has been in high demand by the Pittsburgh region. Twice weekly flights (Fridays and Mondays) will begin on June 23, 2017, and continue through September. Flights will be offered on a Boeing 767-300 with a Business Class, premium economy, in-seat entertainment system in all classes and new seats. This aircraft will also be able to carry cargo.
“This is truly a remarkable week for Pittsburgh International Airport and for the entire region,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We’re excited to welcome Condor to Pittsburgh, and to provide this new service into Frankfurt for leisure travelers to get to Germany faster and more comfortably from Pittsburgh, as well as for businesses with German connections such as Bayer, Covestro, Bosch and Siemens as they continue to grow.”
According to the German American Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh, there are approximately 11,000 people working for German-owned companies in the region; 5,000 German citizens with family in the area; 125 German companies including Adidas, BASF, Bayer, Covestro, Bosch, SAP and Siemens.
The last time Pittsburgh International had service to Frankfurt was in October 2004. Frankfurt is a key city for business and leisure travelers alike, and offers important connections throughout Germany and Europe to cities including Munich, which has become the second largest hub for Condor.
“While we know many leisure travelers will use this route, we have at least 13 German companies with Pittsburgh offices or subsidiaries; 15 German organizations in the region; and 10 university and secondary school partnerships with German institutions,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “Those figures translate to passengers as well as cargo opportunities with this wide-body aircraft. We’re thrilled that Condor recognized the demand for this service in Pittsburgh.”
Today, Pittsburgh becomes one of 17 destinations served by Condor in North America. On an annual basis, more than seven million passengers fly with Condor, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in September, to about 75 destinations in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
“We are very pleased to introduce this new link between Pittsburgh and Frankfurt, giving the Northeast U.S. a unique choice for their travels to Germany,” said Jens Boyd, Group Head of Long Haul at Condor. “With our numerous partner airlines we offer flights beyond Frankfurt to over 120 destinations across Europe at very competitive prices. Furthermore, Pennsylvania, as the state of the Founding Fathers and with its great natural beauty, is a very attractive destination for European tourists.”
About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 15 carriers. During the past two years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations 70 percent to include 65 markets. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.