The first Frankfurt-to-PVD flight landed last night, and T.F. Green celebrated with beer, German folk dancers and a very cute airplane cake.
At long last, the coolest city in America has a direct connection to the European continent.
Just after 6 p.m. on Thursday night, Condor Airlines' inaugural nonstop flight from Frankfurt, Germany, touched down at T.F. Green Airport, carrying 118 tourists, bloggers and one sweet family's Omi and Pa.
Upon arrival, the passengers received — what else? — a copy of Rhode Island Monthly's June issue (it's all about summer, it's fabulous and you need a copy, too; on newsstands now) and other Ocean State-specific treasures. The mood at T.F. Green was festive, complete with German folk dancers and a Condor-themed cake by Providence bakery, Sin.
The first official flight from Providence to Frankfurt, which departed at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night, was nearly at capacity with 236 travelers. We're more than a little envious: Seven hours and twenty minutes later, the lucky 236 stepped off in a modern European city — nickname: Mainhattan — that's known for its top-notch theaters, museums, opera houses and quaint Old Town.
In a press release, Kelly Fredericks, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, says, "This service impacts not only the airport, but the state and region with regard to inbound tourism and business development opportunities. We look forward to a busy season of service and are encouraged to see the seats for the 2016 travel season already available for booking."
That's right: The flight, which was originally marketed as a pilot program, is already confirmed for the 2016 season. This summer, flights will run on Mondays and Thursdays through September 3. One-way tickets start at $279.
Several German bloggers were aboard Thursday night's flight from Frankfurt, including the duo behind the popular lifestyle blog, Uberding. This morning, they tweeted a photo of Newport with the caption, "Aufwachen mit dem Singen der Möwen im Ohr," which — thanks, Google Translate — means they've met a few of Newport's seagulls, and our feathered friends were on their best behavior (read: no Cheeto swiping).
Steer our new German pals to your favorite Rhody hotspots on Twitter with the hashtag #CondorTravelDingLilRhody, and to learn more about travel to Frankfurt, visit condor.com.