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Condor sells “new Niki” Laudamotion flights

Niki Lauda used Laudamotion for buying back his airline Niki. The new flights are to Spain and the Balearics.

Flights operated by Laudamotion, a company that Niki Lauda used for buying back his airline Niki, have gone on sale via the German leisure airline Condor.

Laudamotion took control of Niki after the administrators of the bankrupt airline Air Berlin selected it as “best bidder” for the Vienna-based carrier. A purchase price has not been disclosed.

Earlier plans by Lufthansa and then International Airlines Group to buy parts of Niki came to nothing and as a result Lauda was eventually able to obtain the airline he founded in 2003.

Laudamotion was founded in 2004 as Amira Air, offering charter flights to upscale clientele. Lauda bought it in early 2016 and renamed it Laudamotion. It has a fleet of 15 mostly Bombardier jets.

For now, the flights that Condor is selling are from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Basel to Malaga, Spain, and to the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. More destinations will be added, Condor said.

“We are delighted to support Laudamotion in marketing their new flights,” Condor Airlines’ chief executive Ralf Teckentrup said. “The extended choice of flights we can offer to our customers and distribution partners is great for our customers.”

Lauda added: “I have great expectations on the partnership with Condor. We bring a little Austrian charm to Germany and our passengers benefit from a more flexible and wider choice of flights to the most beautiful holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.”

Besides marketing, Condor is also taking on some operational functions as a service provider for Laudamotion, such as crew planning and traffic control.

“Starting aid”
It has also been reported that as “starting aid” for the Niki successor, some of Laudamotion’s aircraft and crews could be leased to Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings. However, both Eurowings and Lauda say that a decision had not yet been made.

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