Germany-based Condor Airlines will soon be launching direct flights between Kerala and Europe from November 5th. Initially, the carrier will offer only ‘seasonal flights' every Thursday on the Frankfurt-Kochi sector using Boeing 757-300 aircraft from November 5, to April 29.
ACK Nair, Director, Nedumbassery Airport said, “Currently, we have connectivity to Europe via Mumbai, Qatar and Dubai. The commencement of flights by Condor will offer direct connectivity between Kerala and Europe for the first time. It was a long-pending demand of the travel and tourism industry.”
Kerala, one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia witnessed over 5.98 lakh foreign tourists in 2008 out of which 43,468 were Germans. Germany happens to be the third largest tourism source market for Kerala after the UK and France. As per provisional figures for 2009, the number of German tourists who arrived in the state last year was 40,000. The new flight services are expected to give a major impetus to the Kerala tourism industry especially Ayurvedha sector which has been in huge demand among German visitors.