German airlines to launch flights to Caribbean

Friday, September 22, 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — German leisure carrier, Condor and Lufthansa Group Eurowings, will launch flights to the Caribbean next Monday from Dusseldorf.

This follows the closure of Airberlin's long haul routes to the regions.

Condor says it will wet lease one Airbus A330-200 on flights from Dusseldorf to Punta Cana and La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay Jamaica and Bridgetown,Barbados, from November.

“We have spent a lot of effort to find a quick solution to keep air traffic ongoing for holiday-makers [to the Caribbean] and we quickly came to the conclusion that this measure is an important step to secure leisure business with the Caribbean,” CEO Ralf Teckentrup said in a statement.

Eurowings will launch services  four times weekly from Dusseldorf to Punta Cana from November 8; a weekly service to Varadero, Cuba, starting Decemeber 16; weekly service to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic  from December 14; and twice weekly service to Cancun as of December 18.

“Dusseldorf needs an attractive, cost-effective long-haul airline. We are ready to take this role,” said CCO, Oliver Wagner.

Eurowings says it will take delivery of its seventh Airbus A330-200 next year.

The A330 fleet, which is wet leased from the Lufthansa/Turkish Airlines joint venture SunExpress, operates on the Eurowings long-haul network.

Air Berlin, the insolvent German airline recently cancelled nearly all of its long-haul flights from Düsseldorf and Cologne operated by its fleet of 17 leased A330s.

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