Condor Airlines flying back to Fairbanks for summer

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With help from 16 Fairbanks backers, Condor German Airlines, a Germany-based vacation airline, will return for the second straight year starting May 23.

Condor will carry passengers from Frankfurt via Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and then return nonstop to Frankfurt once a week until Sept. 26.

The 16 backers put up $100,000 to guarantee 50 seats on the return flight.

''It's good for Fairbanks,'' said Dave Carlstrom, marketing director for Fairbanks International Airport and the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp.

Last year the German airline flew a passenger jetliner into Fairbanks in May for the first time. The flight was backed by Bernie Karl, co-owner of Chena Hot Springs Resort.

The biggest contributor this year is the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, which put in $14,000. Hotels, tour groups and jet fuel companies paid at least $1,000.

The backers do not earn money on the guarantee but will receive extensive advertising in Germany. The money is needed to help Condor offset the risk of venturing into a new market, Carlstrom said.

Tim Cerny, owner and president of Fountainhead Development, backed the flight with $10,000. ''You're priming the pump here with this type of activity,'' he said. ''There is a payback, but it's over time.''

Fountainhead has 700 rooms in four hotels.

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