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Strike of security staff at several German airports on January 15

Security staff at the Condor departure airports Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Hanover and Leipzig-Halle will go on strike on January 15, 2019. Therefore, we expect flight irregularities in the Condor network and deeply regret any inconveniences this might cause for our guests.

Condor is doing its utmost to bring as many guests as possible to their holiday or home. Due to the strike, the departure airports of some flights from Frankfurt and check-in times for flights departing from Hamburg, Hanover and Leipzig-Halle have been changed. An overview can be found below.

The Late Night Check-in will be free of charge at all affected Condor airports on January 14. It is available to all guests, except those whose departure airport has been relocated from Frankfurt to another airport.

Affected customers with departures on January 15 from Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Hanover and Leipzig-Halle can rebook their flights without any applying fee onto another Condor flight via the Condor Service Hotline or their respective tour operator.

We kindly ask all guests to check their flight status at www.condor.com or, if the flight was booked as part of a package tour, their respective tour operator for any additional information. 

Information on the strikes at airports of Hamburg, Munich, Hanover and Leipzig-Halle Airport on January 15
There will be considerably longer waiting times at all airports concerned, which means that all guests will have to plan for more time. 

Hanover and Leipzig: We kindly ask all passengers to arrive at the airport four hours prior to departure time in order to have more time for the security checks. 

Hamburg: We kindly ask all passengers to arrive at the check-in counters  at 4:00 a.m., regardless of departure time, to allow more time for security checks.

Munich: We kindly ask all passengers to arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure time in order to have more time for the security checks. 

Information on the strike at Frankfurt Airport on January 15
Security staff at Frankfurt Airport will be on strike from 2:00-20:00 o’clock. The airport operator Fraport has announced that, as a result, only security checks in the transit area will be occupied, but not the checks for passengers starting their journey in Frankfurt. This means that guests who start from Frankfurt and whose flight has not been transferred to another departure airport, will not be able to reach their flight during the strike. It is therefore strongly discouraged from travelling to the airport in this case.

Condor strongly advises affected guests in Frankfurt, particularly those who depart on a long-haul flight from Frankfurt, to rebook their flight onto another Condor flight without any rebooking fee via the Condor Service Hotline or their respective tour operator. 

Overview of flight changes from Frankfurt on 15 January 2019 due to the strike
The departure airport of the below flights was changed due to the strike at Frankfurt Airport. Condor provides buses to take guests from Frankfurt Airport to their flight.

It is also possible to travel directly to the new departure airport. Then guests should be at the airport three hours before departure to check in.

All return flights to Frankfurt will be operated regularly. 

DE1478 Frankfurt - Teneriffa

  • This flight will be operated from Stuttgart
  • Bus departure from Frankfurt: 3:00 a.m.
  • Flight departure from Stuttgart: 9:05 a.m.

DE1402 Frankfurt - Fuerteventura

  • This flight will be operated from Cologne-Bonn
  • Bus departure from Frankfurt: 5:00 a.m.
  • Flight departure from Cologne-Bonn: 11:20 a.m.

DE1408 Frankfurt - Lanzarote (Arrecife)

  • This flight will be operated from Dusseldorf
  • Bus departure from Frankfurt: 5:00 a.m.
  • Flight departure from Dusseldorf: 11:45 a.m.

DE524 Frankfurt - Agadir

  • This flight will be operated from Cologne-Bonn
  • Bus departure from Frankfurt: 7:00 a.m.
  • Flight departure from Cologne-Bonn: 13:30 p.m.

DE142 Frankfurt - Antalya

  • This flight will be operated from Stuttgart
  • Bus departure from Frankfurt: 9:00 a.m.
  • Flight departure from Stuttgart: 15:30 p.m.

Status: January 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. CET

Important information about smart luggage

Smart luggage suitcases have a range of features such as GPS tracker, power banks and scales. All these features are powered with a lithium battery.

The current IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 2018 do not allow these suitcases as checked baggage, if you can remove the lithium battery from the suitcase, you may carry them in your carry on luggage. 

Please be aware, that only two pieces of Lithium spare batteries per person are allowed.

We allow smart luggage as carry on luggage, as long as the max. dimensions and weight are considered.

Dominican Republic: Tourist Card Fee Now Included in Flight Fares

The entry requirements of the Dominican Republic stipulate that every tourist must have a Tourist Card before going through the passport control area upon arrival. Until now, tourists have been able to purchase the Tourist Card online, from machines at airports and ports or via travel agents or consulates. This requirement also applies to German tourists.

The new decree concerning this requirement stipulates that from 1st April 2018, the price of the Tourist Card will be added to the price of all air and sea travel tickets purchased by tourists for their journey to the Dominican Republic. The Condor booking systems are therefore being adapted to meet this new regulation and the Tourist Card fee of $10 will be automatically added to the price of Condor tickets.

This new procedure means that when travelling to the Dominican Republic, you are no longer required to independently purchase a Tourist Card. In the past, passengers arriving at the airports in Puerto Plata and Punta Cana were often confronted with a long wait because most tourists purchased their Tourist Cards from the machines at the airports upon arrival. With these new measures, the government hopes to optimise the Tourist Card procedure at local airports.

If you travel to the Dominican Republic by land, you are not affected by these new regulations. The previous procedure for land travel still applies.

Kenya: import of plastic bags is prohibited

Since Monday, 28 August 2017, the import and use of plastic bags of all kinds in Kenya has been prohibited. This includes both carrying and refuse bags.

This legislation also applies to travelers who transport plastic bags in their luggage or bring them as "Duty Free" bags. 

Please be advised to avoid plastic bags when packing. Duty-free bags will be collected upon arrival.

The new law provides for high fines to enforce the prohibition accordingly.

Zanzibar: Yellow fever vaccination is now compulsory

According to information received from the Foreign office, contrary to previous advice, it is now official that evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required in order to enter Zanzibar. This also applies if you travel to Zanzibar from the Tanzanian mainland by sea or air.

These new requirements have been confirmed explicitly by the Tanzanian Embassy in Berlin (and on the website). However, if you are spending your holiday on the Tanzanian mainland only, this does not apply when travelling from Europe.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Condor safety team has banned any carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from all our flights, as both checked luggage and also hand luggage. This follows reports of them burning up and also the US aviation authorities taking a similar step for US flights this weekend.

This ban does not apply to the Samsung Galaxy 7 phone, which is a different device and has not suffered the problems of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.