Condor and Lufthansa used to be married. But Condor ran off with a British chap and now is part of the Thomas Cook Group. Although Condor retains (Lufthansa’s) Miles & More as its loyalty program, the two carriers are direct competitors. Now the two German airlines will compete head to head for primacy…in a second-tier California city.
I’m not saying that San Diego is second-tier. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. What I am saying is that it has not traditionally been an international hub, especially with Los Angeles only two hours away. But SAN’s renaissance is already in play: British Airways service has been going strong for a couple years (after failing twice in the past). Last month, Condor began service between San Diego and Frankfurt. Just last week, Edeweleiss, a division of SWISS, began service between San Diego and Zurich.
Today, Lufthansa announced it would also begin service to San Diego, starting next summer. The schedule aircraft type has not been announced, but Lufthansa will operate five weekly flights from Frankfurt. If I had to guess, I’d suspect a high-density A340 operated by CityLine will be put on the route.
I’ll post an updated schedule once Lufthansa announced flight times. This could potentially be a treasure trove of award space.
One tip to Lufthansa: you might want to use a more recent picture of the San Diego skyline in your next press release:
The picture is at least a decade old since it only shows one Hyatt tower (left of picture). The Manchester Grand Hyatt added a second Seaport Tower in 2003. I fondly remember San Diego back in those days…but it has changed tremendously.
top image: Ken Fielding / Flickr