BWI to gain new European connection
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will add a second connection to Europe next summer when Germany's Condor Airlines is planning to launch twice-a-week service to Frankfurt.
The seasonal Monday and Thursday Condor flights are scheduled to begin July 2 and continue into October. Currently, the only scheduled trans-Atlantic flights from BWI are the daily departures to London's Heathrow Airport aboard British Airways.
BWI chief executive Paul Wiedefeld said Condor's decision to come to BWO follows years of courtship.
"This is really a big win for BWI to get another international connection directly to the hub of Europe," Wiedefeld said.
Frankfurt is one of the most important international airports in Europe, with connections to many destinations beyond Germany. Wiedefeld said Condor would serve BWI with Boeing 767 jets carrying 270 seats.
Unlike the airport's flagship British Airways service, the Frankfurt flights will not require a subsidy from the state, Wiedefeld said.
In past decades, BWI offered scheduled service to continental Europe but lost much of that business with the rise of Dulles International Airport. In recent years in has added flights to the Caribbean basin, including Air Tran service to Cancun.
Wiedefeld said BWI's strong growth in recent years, along with its status as a top airport for Southwest Airlines, has increased its attractiveness to international carriers.
"They're numbers guys, and they're looking at the numbers," he said.