Up until now, Condor passengers who had to change trains could board a Lufthansa plane with their luggage checked – and continue their journey. That will be over from summer, Lufthansa announced a feeder agreement.
A sharp conflict is looming between the airlines Condor and Lufthansa. In the summer, Lufthansa canceled a long-term agreement on feeder services to Condor long-haul flights, as both sides confirmed in Frankfurt on Friday.
According to the company, seamless overall trips with checked baggage and only one ticket would no longer be possible for those switching among Condor guests. Condor would then no longer be able to offer a route such as Hamburg-Frankfurt-Jamaica as it did before, because it would not be able to book the necessary feeder flights with Lufthansa on flat-rate terms. This could also affect the tour operator business with package tours.
Lufthansa: “Condor guests are always welcome”
In contrast, a Lufthansa spokesman said that Condor would be free to buy individual Lufthansa tickets on the open market and integrate them into their products, even without an agreement. This means that checking the baggage is no problem either. “Of course, Condor guests are always welcome.”
A Condor spokeswoman emphasized that the agreement would initially continue to apply without restrictions until the end of May. One is currently examining options for the time thereafter. Lufthansa, which was saved with taxpayers’ money, is attempting to terminate a company that is also supported by the state from the market and to expand its own monopoly.
A Lufthansa spokesman justified the procedure with the fact that you had to use your own aircraft to capacity, especially in the context of the corona crisis. Even before the pandemic, the MDax Group had announced that it wanted to fly to more tourist destinations on long-haul routes. First attempts with the subsidiary Eurowings are to be expanded with the internally controversial “Ocean” project.