Lufthansa has announced a new route to Hamburg from Birmingham Airport.
The airline said the service will operate 12 times a week and is followed by the announcement of a daily flight to Berlin, which will start on June 3, to coincide with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport.
The decision to launch new services to Hamburg and Berlin follows a record breaking year for Lufthansa, who carried the highest number of passengers to and from Birmingham in the airline’s history.
Christian Schindler, Lufthansa’s general manager for the UK & Ireland, said: “Our passenger growth out of Birmingham in 2011 proves that the vast majority of travellers still want the added value they receive from a full service airline.
“They know when they book with Lufthansa the price they pay includes the option to check-in online or at the airport, the ability to take a reasonable amount of luggage and they also enjoy good quality food and drink on board the aircraft, with no hidden extra cost.
“We continue to ensure that our flights to and from Birmingham offer the shortest possible onward connection times to our worldwide network through our main hubs of Frankfurt and Munich, as well as our developing mini-hub at Dusseldorf.”
Martyn Lloyd, head of Air Service Development at Birmingham Airport, said: “This addition to our summer flight schedule is great news for people in Birmingham and the wider region.
“By making major European cities such as Hamburg and Berlin more accessible, it will also benefit the business community here in the Midlands and contribute towards helping the UK economy as a whole.”