Airlines Condor and Eurowings may operate long-haul flights from Düsseldorf

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Some days after struggling Air Berlin has announced the end of its long haul flights to the Caribbean, two major German carriers plan to fill the gap at Düsseldorf Airport.

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German leisure carrier Condor has announced the start of long-haul operations from Düsseldorf to several destinations in the Caribbean. From November 1. the airline will connect Düsseldorf with Punta Cana and La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Cancun in Mexico, Montego Bay in Jamaica and Barbados. All flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-200. reports the aircraft will be leased from Canadian Air Transat. Condor could take over the former Air Berlin contracts with several tour operators. The flights are already bookable on the carrier's website.

In addition to this, the German newspaper RP Online reports that Eurowings, the low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa Group will launch own long-haul flights from Düsseldorf to the Caribbean. The newspaper says, the carrier could start flights to Varadero (Cuba), Punta Cana, Punta Plata (Dominican Republic) and Cancun in Mexico beginning November 16. Additionally, RP Online says Eurowings could be interested in taking over Air Berlin's flights from Düsseldorf to Miami, New York and Ford Myers.

Eurowings has currently one long-haul base at Cologne-Bonn Airport. The airline will launch long-haul flights from Munich in the next months. The long-haul fleet of Eurowings consists of six Airbus A330-200 which are operated by SunExpress.

Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection last month after shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses. Industry sources said the long haul routes were being cut after a leasing company asked for the ten A330 planes that fly the long-haul routes to be returned. A decision regarding the future of Air Berlin is expected on September 25.

Thomas Cook’s Condor together with Niki Lauda and Lufthansa Group are expected to have placed an offer for Air Berlin.

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