Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airline to Offer Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to Frankfurt

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airline to Offer Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to Frankfurt

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Another international carrier is landing in Pittsburgh, this one bringing with it coveted nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany.

Condor Airlines will begin offering the seasonal flight to Frankfurt from Pittsburgh International Airport on June 23. The service will operate on Mondays and Fridays through September.

A formal announcement is expected today.

"That's a real coup for Pittsburgh," said William Swelbar, executive vice president of Boston-based Intervistas Consulting, an economic and financial consultant to airlines and airports.

It marks the second major deal involving international service from the airport to be announced this week. On Monday, ultra low-fare Wow Air revealed that it would be starting flights to Iceland with connections to major European destinations like London and Paris on June 16.

Bob Kerlik, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, declined to comment on Condor, but the airline's website shows that a nonstop from Pittsburgh to Frankfurt International Airport is available starting June 23.

Despite the many German businesses in the region, Pittsburgh hasn't had a nonstop flight to Frankfurt since 2004, when US Airways shut down its airport hub.

Based in Frankfurt, Condor currently offers nonstop service to a handful of U.S. cities, including Seattle, Las Vegas, Baltimore/Washington, Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas. It will start flights to New Orleans and San Diego in May.

The carrier first caught the attention of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in 2012. When he learned of its existence and its nonstop service to Frankfurt, he urged the airport authority to reach out to it.

Although Condor is considered a leisure airline, its service from Pittsburgh should be helpful to business travelers as well, Mr. Swelbar said.

"Any time you have the ability to do a nonstop versus one or two stops, it's a benefit to any passenger - particularly the business passenger that cares about time," he said. …

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