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T.F. Green to offer flights to Europe for 1st time

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Air travelers will soon have a new option out of T.F. Green Airport: direct summertime flights to Germany.

The Rhode Island Airport Corp. announced Tuesday that Germany-based Condor Airlines will begin offering two round-trip flights per week to Frankfurt, starting in June.

The flights will be offered in the summer months and last until September. The service will then start up again in June 2016, officials said.

It's the first time direct service to Europe has been offered out of T.F. Green, located in Warwick.

"This new international service will give Rhode Island travelers a direct, affordable connection to Frankfurt and Europe. And it should help make Rhode Island a more popular destination for European tourists and businesses looking to expand to our shores," U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said in a written statement.

Condor says it will use a Boeing B767/300 for the flights. Its U.S. destinations include Minneapolis; Baltimore; Las Vegas; Seattle; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Anchorage and Fairbanks in Alaska.

The airline is owned by Thomas Cook Group Airlines. The company says it flies 7 million passengers to around 75 destinations annually.

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