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Germany’s Discover only serves Frankfurt & Munich; 51 destinations in Q3; long-haul is key

Discover Airlines

 

When the first flight took off in 2021, it was called Eurowings Discover (IATA code 4Y). However, the Lufthansa Group carrier changed its name to Discover Airlines in 2023 (same IATA code). Partially set up to compete with Condor, which was once owned by Lufthansa, Planespotters.net shows that leisure operator Discover now has 26 aircraft: 13 A320ceos, 10 A330-300s and three A330-200s. Cirium schedules information shows that Discover is the 11th largest airline serving Germany.

Discoverys quarterly available seats 2022-2024

More than three-quarters of capacity is from Frankfurt

When the airline was originally established, it flew exclusively from Frankfurt, Germany’s busiest airport. That changed in March 2022, when Cirium shows that Munich became part of its network. Discover continues to only serve these two airports in its homeland. In Q3 (July-September) 2024, it is the third-largest airline serving Frankfurt and the fifth at Munich. It has 2% of Munich’s capacity but 5% at Frankfurt.

Approximately 77% of Discover’s available seats are from Frankfurt. It has 48 routes in 21 countries in Europe, North America, Africa and the Caribbean. Perhaps surprisingly, Frankfurt-Calgary is its leading route by Q3 capacity. Lufthansa served it until 2012, so it has returned to the Group level.

As half of Discover’s fleet are widebodies, it is perhaps unsurprising that, despite being the peak summer, Spain is not the number one country by capacity from Frankfurt. The US is; it serves Anchorage, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando MCO (replaced Lufthansa), Philadelphia (replaced Lufthansa), and Tampa (replaced Lufthansa).

Prague International Airport

Discover's FRA network

Serves 51 destinations networkwide in Q3

When Discover’s Frankfurt and Munich operations are combined, it will fly to 51 airports. While the US was its leading nation from Frankfurt, Spain is first when Munich is added, although the capacity gap is not significant. Discover serves eight Spanish airports in these three months: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Jerez, Lanzarote, Mahon, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife TFS. However, it serves more airports in Greece (12).

Using Cirium to compare Discover’s Q3 2024 airport portfolio with Q3 2023 shows that Burgas, Kefalonia, Harstad/Narvik, Hurghada, Kalamata, Samos, Split and Zadar have been added. The most unusual is Harstad/Narvik, in the Norwegian Artic Circle, which joined the airline’s network on 16 May 2024 (2-weekly) for outdoor activities, including in Lofoten. It is the first time it has had Frankfurt flights since 2016. In comparison, Kavala, served by Discover in Q3 2023, has been cut, while La Palma – which had summer flights last year – is now winter-seasonal.

Seven of Discover’s top 10 destinations are long-haul. However, Palma, the perennially popular destination for Germans, is number one. It operates 25 weekly flights in August from Frankfurt (16) and Munich (9). It is the second-largest operator from Frankfurt, against Condor (40 weekly), Lufthansa (13) and TUI (7). It is number three from Munich, joining Eurowings (28), Maribu (14), Condor (7), Vueling (7) and Lufthansa (6).

Top 10 Discover destinations Q3 2024

Billund Airport