Suffering declining passenger numbers this year and the loss of its summer service to London, Edmonton International finally had a reason to celebrate Tuesday, announcing twice-weekly service to Frankfurt, Germany aboard a Condor Airlines 767-300 this summer.
“Frankfurt has been one of the most sought-after destinations from our community,” said Edmonton International chief executive Tom Ruth in a statement. “Condor’s network, in conjunction with their partners, offers tremendous access into Europe. We’re also thrilled to welcome more tourists and pathways into Edmonton and Alberta just in time for our long summer nights.”
Over the years, Edmonton has struggled to maintain services to Europe. Air Canada and Westjet have each flown, and dropped, services to London from the Alberta capital. Icelandair has each offered service to Reykjavik since 2013, though initial year-round operations have been scaled back, while KLM has offered non-stop service to Amsterdam since 2015.
“With the addition of Edmonton to our flight schedule, we will be offering even more guests the opportunity to discover Europe through our nonstop connections to Frankfurt and beyond,” said Condor Chief Operating Officer Christian Schmitt. “Condor has been Germany’s most popular holiday airline for 64 years, and we look forward to convincing travellers from Edmonton of our tradition, quality and service.”
Edmonton will be Condor’s sixth Canadian destination, including Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Whitehorse, and Halifax.
Condor has an interline agreement with Westjet, allowing passengers to connect in Canada, and Condor passengers can book connecting flights on Lufthansa for service beyond Frankfurt.
The airline has also launched a rebrand after the demise of Thomas Cook. The airline formerly flew under the UK travel giant’s image and brand, though the airline is now moving on separately from its former partner.
Also Tuesday, Air Canada reinforced its dominant position in the trans-Atlantic market, announcing seven new flights between its Eastern hubs and Paris.
Montreal will gain three additional weekly rotations, bringing the number of weekly one-way Air Canada flights between the two points to 17, while Toronto will see four additional Paris flights, for a total of 11 weekly.
The extra flights, aboard Airbus A330 aircraft, mirror increases announced last summer by Air France on flights to Toronto, in addition to three daily flights to Montreal.