BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, September 22, 2017 (CMC) – German leisure carrier, Condor and Lufthansa Group Eurowings, will launch flights to the Caribbean, next Monday – September 25 — from Dusseldorf.
This follows the closure of Air Berlin’s long-haul routes to the region.
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 December 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, and operated by its fleet of 17 leased A330s.