Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt has taken off from Belfast City Airport, marking the first time the German flag carrier has operated in Northern Ireland.
The service, which will run up to four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, is the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and Germany.
Welcoming the inaugural flight, Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, commented:
“The commencement of Lufthansa’s service to Frankfurt represents a significant milestone for Belfast City Airport, providing Northern Ireland with essential connectivity to Europe and further afield.
“This exciting new partnership opens up opportunities for business and leisure travellers alike and there is no doubt that it will be an extremely popular route for many.
“At Belfast City Airport, we pride ourselves on delivering convenience and choice to our passengers and securing this new connection with Germany only strengthens that offering further.”
Frankfurt is a crucial location in Lufthansa’s broad network of destinations as both its home base and a significant European hub. From its Frankfurt base, it will link to a network of more than 200 locations this summer.
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 official inaugural flight to Frankfurt on 24th 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 one-stop connection beyond our hub to our vast network of 200 destinations in most parts of the world.”
The new route will promote regional tourist growth while also fostering important economic connections, with Northern Ireland exports to Germany already reaching £333 million between July 2021 and July 2022.
Simon Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Belfast Chamber, said:
“Belfast Chamber is delighted to welcome the arrival of the first Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to George Best Belfast City Airport. Frankfurt is a fantastic hub airport and a new four times a week service will provide Belfast businesses with access to new markets in Germany and across the world, as well as opportunities for the city to attract new inbound tourists.
“Connectivity is key to the economic success of any city and Belfast will undoubtedly benefit from this brilliant new route”.
An Embraer E-190 aircraft with services for both Economy and Business class will fly to Frankfurt.
Fares start at only £176 return and can be booked now at Lufthansa’s website.