The airline Corendon will be shorter in the 2023 summer flight schedule and less aggressively active in German-speaking countries. Already this year, numerous routes have been discontinued, some of them at very short notice, or not included at all. An internal circular recently announced that things will be slower in the summer of 2023.
Corendon and its Malta offshoot Corendon Europe attempted a strong expansion in the summer of 2022. This was accomplished in particular with the help of wet lease aircraft, however, this is a very expensive undertaking because the subcontractor has to be paid, no matter how many passengers are on board. Corendon doesn't want to admit it openly, but they obviously misjudged and misjudged. The management may have pulled the ripcord in time. From long-haul flights with Airhub Airlines Airbus A330 by the way, it hasn't been mentioned for a long time. The aircraft concerned is no longer in service for Corendon. Both companies do not want to comment on this fact.
A few weeks ago, a internal circular announced that the Turkish group of companies, which has flight operations in Turkey, the Netherlands and Malta, will be less expansive in the summer of 2023. The employees were also informed that fewer wet lease aircraft would be used and that numerous routes would no longer be reactivated. What has not yet fallen victim to the red pencil, is under scrutiny. For Corendon, it is now the profit that counts, because one no longer wants or can afford further expensive expansion maneuvers.
Many cancellations from Basel and German airports
In the 2023 summer timetable, Corendon will offer significantly fewer flights from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No more aircraft will be stationed in Basel in the future, but based on the current state of affairs, they will only head for EuroAirport from Antalya. The destinations Rhodes, Izmir, Kos, Hurghada, Heraklion, Corfu, Bodrum and Chania, which were still for sale until recently, are no longer available.
Since Germany is the largest market for Corendon and Corendon Europe to date, the cuts here are particularly extensive. In Düsseldorf, Fes, Faro, Dalaman, Chania, Lamezia Terme, Olbia, Ibiza and Gaziantep, among others, are being removed from the programme. In Hanover, for example, Olbia, Lamezia Terme, Faro, Catania and Agadir are omitted. In the summer of 2023, Cologne/Bonn will no longer set course for Tel Aviv, Tangier, Nador, Faro and Chania.
The cutbacks don't stop at Nuremberg either, which is particularly important because it has a sponsorship agreement with 1. FC Nuremberg. Thessaloniki, Olbia, Lamezia Terme, Ibiza, Faro, Agadir and Chania have been cancelled. Furthermore, the Turkish airline Corendon will no longer fly to/from Bodrum from Zurich, Vienna, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin.
Further deletions could also affect Graz, Linz and Vienna
The previous "string concert" may not be over for a long time. Numerous other routes are currently marked as "sold out". With the Corendon Group, which is reluctant to communicate when it comes to cancellations, this is always an indication that the respective route is acutely on the brink and will be completely deleted from the reservation system shortly afterwards. Specifically, it is about Corendon Europe offered Rhodes flights from Graz, Linz, Rostock-Laage and Stuttgart as well as the connections operated by the Turkish sister company from Kayseri to Vienna, Stuttgart, Munich and Hamburg.