SEATTLE – The Port of Seattle welcomes the announcement that the German low-cost carrier Eurowings will begin seasonal, nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Cologne, Germany beginning in July 2017. By next summer, Seattle will have service to three destinations in Germany on three airlines – Frankfurt (Lufthansa and Condor), Munich (Condor, also beginning July 2017), and Eurowings’ new service to Cologne.
Eurowings will fly three weekly flights from Seattle to Cologne/Bonn Airport from July through October 2017 using 310-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Flights will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city and is the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, home to more than 11 million inhabitants.
Eurowings, part of the Lufthansa Group, is a low-cost leisure airline that focuses on providing customers with affordable flights to more than 130 destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Seattle is one of only four Eurowings destinations in the United States.
Eurowings is the third new international service to be announced for 2017, joining Virgin Atlantic to London (taking over from Delta in March) and Condor to Munich (beginning in July). Overall in 2016, Sea-Tac has welcomed service or announcements from five new airlines: Spirit, Volaris, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen and Eurowings.
In early 2017, Sea-Tac airport will break ground on a new, multi-level, 450,000 square-foot International Arrivals Facility located east of the current Concourse A. The new International Arrivals Facility will be completed in late 2019.
Sea-Tac has been the fastest growing major airport in the U.S. for the past two years, with 2015 passenger traffic setting a record for the fifth straight year with more than 42.3 million travelers. In 2016, traffic continues to set records, with passengers up 8.6% year-to-date through October. Based on current projections, Sea-Tac is likely to become one of the top 10 largest airports in North America for the first time ever by the end of the year.