Belfast City Airport will introduce a new airline and destination to its operations in 2023.
Germany’s flag carrier airline, Lufthansa which is one of Europe’s largest, is entering the Northern Irish market for the first time and will operate flights from Belfast City Airport to Germany
From April 23 2023, customers in Northern Ireland will be able to fly to Frankfurt on the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and Germany.
Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, commented: "Attracting an airline such as Lufthansa to Northern Ireland that will provide the only route from the region to Germany is a major win for, not only the airport, but the wider tourism and business industry.
"With Germany being the third-largest market for overseas tourism to the island of Ireland, there is a clear demand for direct connectivity.”
Flights to Frankfurt with Lufthansa will operate up to four times a week, giving both leisure and business passengers exceptional choice and convenience when travelling to the global hub.
Katy continued: “Frankfurt is an important city for commerce, culture, and tourism, and its airport is one of the busiest in Europe.
“As a base for Lufthansa, Frankfurt is a key destination in its network and gives passengers an attractive option for connecting flights to markets further afield.
“Lufthansa’s commitment to excellent customer service and great value makes it a superb fit for Belfast City Airport, and we look forward to welcoming passengers travelling to Frankfurt and beyond to the terminal.”
Dr Frank Wagner, General Manager Sales, UK, Ireland and Iceland for Lufthansa Group, added: “We are excited to announce the addition of Belfast City Airport to Lufthansa’s global network with the inaugural flight to Frankfurt on 23 rd April 2023.
“This new nonstop connection will bring Northern Ireland much closer to Frankfurt and to the heart of Western Europe. Connecting passengers will enjoy a convenient and full service connection beyond our hub to our vast network of over 200 destinations in summer 2023.”
Exports from Northern Ireland to Germany between July 2021 and July 2022 reached over £333 million, with significant growth in the transport, metal and meat industries.
With nearly 4,000 German-born residents living in Northern Ireland, the new route will also deliver a much-needed path for visiting friends and family, something which does not currently exist in Northern Ireland.
Flights to Frankfurt will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays by an Embraer aircraft and will offer both Business and Economy class services.
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