San Antonio International Airport (SAT) made history today with a major announcement: seasonal, nonstop flights to Europe will begin May 17, 2024. Condor Airlines will fly to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany, which connects to dozens of destinations throughout Europe and beyond.
“This a spectacular win for San Antonio,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg during a news conference at the International Center. “This is the first time people in San Antonio will be able to fly from SAT to Europe nonstop and vice-versa. Germany is where San Antonio has the most demand for travel in Europe because of the cultural, historic, tourism, military and business ties.”
SAT’s first-ever trans-Atlantic service on Condor will have an annual $34 million estimated economic impact to our region, Nirenberg said.
Here’s what to know about the flights to SAT’s 42nd nonstop destination:
- Tickets are currently on sale.
- The new seasonal service will operate from May 17-September 6.
- The new route will be serviced on Condor’s brand new, fuel-efficient Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, the most planet-friendly aircraft in the skies, sporting Condor’s eye-catching striped livery. The aircraft reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent. The A330neo consumes just a half a gallon of fuel, per passenger, per 62 miles flown -- well below the industry average. It is the first aircraft in the world already certified for the regulatory reduction in CO2 emissions, which will be required by 2028, and that subsequently will reduce travelers’ environmental footprint.
- The A330neo offers unrivalled inflight passenger comfort and will accommodate 310 passengers, featuring 30 seats in Business, 64 seats in Premium Economy and 216 seats in Economy class. The A330neo features an award-winning, whisper quiet Airspace cabin, providing passengers with a high level of comfort, ambience, and design. This includes offering more personal space, larger overhead bins, a new lighting system, and the ability to offer the latest in-flight entertainment systems and connectivity.
- The A330neo Condor Business Class offers 30, lie-flat (180 degree) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all guests. The seat conveniently converts to a 76-inch long by 19-inch-wide bed. Business Class guests have access to the latest movies, series, podcasts, and games, all accessible on a 17.3-inch screen in 4K mode, with touchscreen and remote control. The first row of Business Class will also feature four “Prime Seats”, with added space large enough to accommodate two guests who wish to dine together and an extra large, 24-inch entertainment screen. The “Prime Seats” will feature added in-flight amenities including a premium travel kit, inflight pajamas and a premium snack basket.
Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System, said Condor is a welcome addition for SAT, which will help attract other airlines and more destinations.
“This is just the beginning of so much more to come at SAT,” Saenz said. “We fully believe San Antonio will utilize this service to Europe and take advantage of Condor’s extremely competitive airfares. Once that happens, we anticipate Condor will expand their services even further.”
Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor, said the airline is focused on providing quality service and good value.
“With our growing fleet of A330neos, we can provide better travel options to more Americans every year,” Teckentrup said. “I am particularly proud to offer the only nonstop connection from San Antonio, Texas to Frankfurt, Germany – the heart of Europe, where travelers can enjoy the popular touristic sights of Germany or travel beyond conveniently by air, road or rail. I invite everyone to try out our newest and most luxurious in-flight experience ever.”
Initially, Condor will operate three days a week at SAT:
- Depart SAT at 10:05 p.m.; Arrive at FRA at 3:20 p.m. the next day
- Depart FRA at 3:40 p.m.; Arrive at SAT at 8:05 p.m.
- Depart SAT at 8:25 p.m.; Arrive at FRA at 1:40 p.m. the next day
- Depart FRA at 2:00 p.m.; Arrive at SAT at 6:25 p.m.
The anticipated flight times are:
- San Antonio to Frankfurt: 10 hours, 15 minutes
- Frankfurt to San Antonio: 11 hours, 25 minutes