A direct air route between Belfast International Airport and Berlin starts on September 1.
Irish budget airline Ryanair will make its first flight from Belfast International with the Berlin route on Thursday, which will operate three times a week.
The airport reported to the Belfast Telegraph that it had already received strong demand in both directions but would not give details on numbers.
It’s also introducing its routes from Belfast International to Spain this week, along with Milan Bergamo.
Ryanair will be hoping for more success on the Berlin route than rival easyJet, which cancelled its former Belfast-Berlin flights in 2008 after around three years. It announced its return to Belfast – five years after pulling out of Belfast City – in January.
Simon Calder, travel editor at The Independent, said he believed the route would be a success.
“Germans are the best tourists in the world, at least in terms of the numbers that they export,” he added.
“So even if a country attracts only a tiny percentage of international travellers from Germany, that amounts to a healthy number. Germans are also very good at spotting opportunities – such as the value and lack of crowds offered by Northern Ireland, which is still some way from achieving its full tourist potential.”
Belfast International managing director Graham Keddie said: “Germany is one of the biggest outbound tourist markets in the world and for far too long, we weren’t able to attract visitors directly to Northern Ireland.
“At no cost to the taxpayer, Ryanair will deliver thousands of German tourists in its first full year of operation.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph