German airline Lufthansa Group will now be offering a direct Frankfurt to San Diego flight started last week. The inaugural flight from Frankfurt International Airport landed at San Diego International Airport March 22.
This is now the fourth overseas nonstop to an international destination available from San Diego International in addition to London, Tokyo, and Zurich. Other international nonstops are Calgary, Los Cabos, and Mexico City.
“This nonstop service by Lufthansa ties San Diego into a new European hub system year-round, supporting both business and leisure travelers,” Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said in a statement.
Frankfurt International Airport has 150 connections available to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Lawrence Ryan, senior director of U.S. sales for Lufthansa Group, said Lufthansa monitored the market and determined that there was a demand for both leisure and business travelers to come from Europe to San Diego. The planning of the flight took several years.
“We presently have customers in Europe who travel to San Diego regularly either via Los Angeles via one of the hubs in the U.S.,” said Ryan. “We know that that corporate demand is there and that it was looking for a better solution.”
The direct flight will be available five-times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Flights are scheduled to depart San Diego these days at 3:05p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 11:20a.m.
Lufthansa Group announced last year it would be adding this direct flight to its service. The announcement came after German company Condor Airlines stopped offering its Frankfurt to San Diego nonstop in September, 2017.
Condor was previously owned by Lufthansa. British global travel company Thomas Cook acquired Condor in 2009.
Lufthansa is expanding its reach elsewhere in California—it will resume its San Jose nonstop to Frankfurt flight on March 25. This service had taken a hiatus due to staffing issues. The company already offers direct flights between Germany to Los Angeles and San Francisco.