More charter flights may come to Panama

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Thomas Cook Group Plc is considering teaming up with Deutsche Lufthansa AG as the German carrier expands its Eurowings discount operation into long-haul flights.

“We’re watching the developments at Eurowings,” said Jens Boyd, who manages long-haul operations at Thomas Cook’s German Condor unit and the company’s namesake U.K. airline business. “If there’s an interesting model for a partnership, we’d be open to that.”

A partnership might help Condor defend its flights from Germany to the Caribbean amid increasing competition. No talks have yet taken place on the topic, Boyd said.

Air Berlin Plc will start serving Havana from Dusseldorf next summer, while Lufthansa plans routes to Panama City and the Mexican resort of Cancun from Frankfurt, as well as to Varadero in Cuba and Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic from Cologne. The cities are all Condor destinations.

Boyd said that Condor is ready to meet the challenge posed by what he says are “extreme” capacity increases coupled with “very aggressive” prices.


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