Condor expands Austin to Frankfurt service

Condor Airlines said Friday it will expand its nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Frankfurt International Airport in Germany.

Starting in 2017, Condor Airlines will offer the seasonal route from May through October, airline officials said.

“The booking outlook is so promising that we’ve already made the flights available for next summer and extended the season, May through October, so there are even more opportunities for you to fly to Europe,” Wilken Bellmann, Condor’s head of network development long-haul, said in a written statement.

The nonstop route began service through ABIA on June 27. Currently, departing flights are scheduled to leave Austin at 7:55 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 1:10 p.m. the next day. Returning flights are scheduled to depart Frankfurt at 1:25 p.m. and arrive in Austin at 5:55 p.m.


U.S. consumers increase their borrowing in May

WASHINGTON — Consumers increased their borrowing in May with use of credit cards and the category that covers student and auto loans both showing gains.

The Federal Reserve reported Friday that total borrowing increased by $18.6 billion in May, up from a gain of $13.4 billion in April. It was the largest since a surge of $29.4 billion in March, which had been the biggest monthly increase on record.

Borrowing in the auto and student loan category climbed $16.2 billion. Borrowing in the category that covers credit cards rose $2.4 billion.

The May gain pushed total consumer credit to a record of $3.62 trillion.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, is expected to accelerate in the current April-June period, helping boost the overall economy. Economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a barely perceptible annual growth rate of 1.1 percent in the January-March quarter, in part because consumer spending slowed.


Harley-Davidson being probed for brake failure

The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The investigation covers 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011 and that have an anti-lock braking system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday.

Riders reported that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work, causing one driver to crash into a garage door. NHTSA said it received 43 complaints, three reports of crashes and two reports of injuries.

The agency said it is possible some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle’s brake fluid every two years as recommended by Harley-Davidson. The old fluid may corrode valves in the anti-lock braking system, NHTSA said.

Harley-Davidson Inc. said Friday that it is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with NHTSA.


Encrypted Messenger chats tested by Facebook

Facebook is adding to its Messenger app an option for encrypted chats that can only be read on devices where they are sent or received.

Users also will be able to set a timer to control how long the message remains visible to anyone, the company said Friday.

The “secret conversations,” feature, which is optional, does not work across different devices. So even if a person has Messenger on a phone and on a computer, the conversation will be visible on only one device.

The encrypted chats are now being tested with a limited number of people, Facebook said, but the option will be more widely available later this summer.

Staff and wire reports.