Lufthansa expects to reach 87% of its pre-crisis flights out of Frankfurt and Munich next summer after unveiling a flying programme featuring seven new routes including the Northern Irish capital Belfast.

The German carrier will serve Belfast City airport from Frankfurt beginning 23 April. It will operate the route four times a week. It marks the only direct service between Northern Ireland and Germany, which was last connected by a Ryanair Berlin service operated before the pandemic.

Lufthansa Airbus A321neo tail

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An Airbus A321neo delivered to Lufthansa in March 2021

Lufthansa is also launching twice-daily flights from Frankfurt to London Gatwick. It restores a connection operated briefly by the airline between 2011 and 2013, and will add to its existing Frankfurt services to London’s City and Heathrow airports.

Other new Lufthansa short-haul routes includes Asturias situated on Spain’s Atlantic coast, which it will serve from both its Frankfurt and Munich hubs. It is also adding Frankfurt routes to Biarritz in France and the Macedonian capital Skopje, as well as a Munich service to French city Bordeaux.