Summer 2019

Airlines expand leisure routes from Germany

Sun Express, Condor and Germania are all adding new routes from Germany to top holiday destinations throughout the Mediterranean next summer.

December 20, 2018
Sun Express will increase capacity by 15% next summer.
Photo: SunExpress

Sun Express, the joint Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines subsidiary, will increase its overall capacity by as much as 15% in summer 2019, flying with a fleet of 80 planes from 18 airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland along with 37 other airports in Europe to a total of 90 destinations in 30 countries.

The airline will offer a new record of 3.5 million seats to Antalya, its biggest destination, from the three German-speaking countries, including more flights from Basel, Zurich and Vienna. Capacity to Izmir will rise by a third to 1.6 million seats, with more flights from Düsseldorf, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart, and there will also be more services to Dalaman and Bodrum. In addition, the airline will cooperate more closely with Lufthansa next summer through a new code-share agreement that initially covers its Munich – Ankara and Munich – Izmir flights.

Elsewhere, Sun Express will also offer more flights to Hurghada from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Cologne/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle and Stuttgart, launch flights to Enfidha-Hammamet in Tunisia from Cologne-Bonn, Leipzig/Halle and Stuttgart, and add Beirut as a new destination with flights from Stuttgart and Düsseldorf. In addition, the airline will continue to expand flights to Turkey from other European cities, with Oslo, Gothenburg, Eindhoven and Prague as new departure airports to Antalya.

For its part, Condor will add new routes from Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hanover to Italy, Greece and Morocco next summer. From Düsseldorf, there are new flights to Cagliari, Naples and Palermo in Italy and Kefalonia and Volos in Greece, adding to 32 existing destinations from the biggest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Thomas Cook Group’s German airline will add Kalamata in Greece, Olbia in Italy and Agadir in Morocco to its existing destinations from Hamburg and will fly from Hanover to the new destinations of Kavala, Preveza and Samos in Greece as well as Lamezia Terme in Italy and Zadar in Croatia.

Overall, Condor will focus strongly on stable flight operations in summer 2019. "A special focus next summer will be on the quality promise to our guests, which we want to live up to even better during the high season through careful flight planning and additional operational reserve aircraft," said Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer of the Thomas Cook Group.

Germania, which mostly flies from smaller regional airports, is also adding several new destinations next summer. From its home airport of Berlin-Tegel, it will launch six new routes, to Antalya, Djerba, Ibiza, Mykonos, Sharm el Sheikh and Varna.

There are also new flights from Munich to Djerba and Varna, from Bremen to Ibiza, Corsica, Zadar and Larnaca, from Münster/Osnabrück to Ibiza and Larnaca, from Friedrichshafen to Ibiza and Olbia on Sardinia, from Dresden to Dalaman and Larnaca, and from Nuremberg to Bodrum.

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