New airline, Eurowings, to connect TPA to continental Europe


Tampa Bay’s connection to mainland Europe returns in December with the launch of a new non-stop service to Frankfurt, Germany, aboard Eurowings Discover, Lufthansa Group’s new leisure airline, according to a statement. on the TPA website.

This follows recent news that COPA Airlines is once again launching flights to Panama from the airport.

Eurowings’ first flight to the United States

The four-times-a-week service, scheduled to begin Dec. 16, is Eurowings‘ first flight to the United States and is a clear signal of the strength of the Tampa Bay market.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Eurowings to Tampa Bay and restore service to Europe and beyond,” said Joe Lopano, CEO of TPA. “This is an essential connection for European travelers coming to Florida and Floridians looking to travel the world. Frankfurt is one of the largest hubs in Europe and truly opens up to the rest of the world. And, as we know, Florida is the premier vacation destination for so many across the pond.

The announcement of the launch of Eurowings Discover comes shortly after being informed that travel restrictions to the United States had been lifted. The airline has decided to launch its first flight to the United States ahead of other American destinations, which will follow in 2022. The Lufthansa Group reports that its passenger airlines have experienced a boom in demand for travel to the United States since. the removal of restrictions for vaccinated Europeans.

Flights designed for leisure and business

Eurowings Discover, which began operating this summer, will offer flights to Tampa on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays year round. Flights will take approximately 9 hours and 10 minutes from Tampa to Frankfurt and 10 hours and 55 minutes from Frankfurt to Tampa.

As the airline moves towards the leisure market, it will also be well suited for business travelers. The Airbus A330 aircraft used for this flight will have more business class seats than the previous operation of the Lufthansa A340, which previously served TPA before COVID-19.

“We are delighted that Lufthansa Group and Eurowings Discover have chosen TPA as their first route in the United States,” said Alex Heiter, Director of Air Services Development at TPA. “This decision reaffirms the attractiveness of the Tampa Bay area to international visitors and offers a new brand focused on the needs of many of these customers. In addition, Eurowings Discover will continue to provide a strong business class and premium economy class offering, with seamless connectivity to the existing Lufthansa network at the Frankfurt hub. “

Five new routes on Frontier Airlines

This flight will be marketed on the Lufthansa website as a “codeshare” flight, which means that passengers will continue to enjoy the benefits of the Lufthansa loyalty plan and efficient transfers on Lufthansa connecting services in Frankfurt.

Find out more on the Eurowings website.

TPA also announced some important news on domestic travel.

Low-cost airline Frontier Airlines has announced five new non-stop routes between Tampa International Airport and Bloomington, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Green Bay, Wisconsin; New York-LaGuardia and Rochester, New York. With the addition of this new service, Frontier now offers 26 non-stop Tampa routes to a wide range of popular destinations.

To celebrate the new service, Frontier is offering introductory rates starting at $ 39.

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