Thomas Cook Group Airline

Condor extends Spanish network with Air Europa partnership

Thomas Cook Group will offer more Spanish flight destinations for German and British customers through a new partnership with Air Europa.

August 06, 2018
Air Europa has an extensive Spanish network.
Photo: Air Europa

Thomas Cook Airlines UK and German carrier Condor will offer connecting flights via Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Ibiza (IBZ) and Las Palmas (LPA) to 14 new destinations on the Spanish mainland as well as islands through an interline agreement with the Spanish airline. For example, connections from Palma include Menorca, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia.

The cooperation will enable Thomas Cook Airlines and Condor to consolidate their route network to Palma, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas. The expanded network and additional flight connections offer customers flexibility when connecting between the islands and to the mainland.

"This cooperation expands our range of services,” explained Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer of Thomas Cook Group Airline. “With Air Europa we have a strong partner that allows us to offer our customers new holiday destinations on the Spanish mainland. Furthermore, our guests can take advantage of new flight connections between the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. If, for example, a direct flight to Lanzarote is no longer available, the chosen holiday destination can still be booked at the preferred time via a connecting flight from Las Palmas."

The Air Europa partnership via Palma recalls the former Majorca hub concept of Air Berlin which offered connecting flights from the island to diverse Spanish mainland destinations until winter 2015/16. The main difference, however, is that the Air Europa flights are targeted at leisure passengers whereas Air Berlin operated the connecting flights itself and tried to win business passengers for the routes.

Air Europa, which is part of the Spanish tourism group Globalia, has a sizeable domestic network and flies to various European cities as well as to major destinations in Latin America, Miami and New York as part of the Skyteam alliance.

Meanwhile, Thomas Cook resorted to a large-sized solution last week after facing problems getting sufficient additional flight capacity through smaller wet-lease planes on several Mediterranean routes. The group leased a giant A380 from charter airline HiFly to fly Scandinavian customers to and from holiday destinations. The world’s largest plane flew from Copenhagen to Larnaca (and back) on August 1, and from Oslo to Palma (and back) on August 2.

Separately, Thomas Cook Germany has expanded flight capacity for the school holiday period this autumn with 6,000 seats on additional flights to Antalya in September and October. Turkish carrier Corendon will operate additional weekly flights from Hanover, Leipzig and Hamburg and Condor will add an extra flight from Frankfurt.

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