Travelers to Frankfurt, Germany, will be able to fly nonstop starting next year from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Lufthansa will begin nonstop service to Germany’s fifth-largest city starting June 6.
The Frankfurt service will operate five days a week on an A330-300 aircraft that can transport 255 passengers, according to a release from the airport.
Frankfurt is a hub for Lufthansa Group, the largest airline group in Europe, and the third Star Alliance member airline to serve RDU, along with United Airlines and Air Canada. The addition of direct flights to Germany will afford international travelers streamlined access to connections to Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa and other countries.
“With Raleigh-Durham’s growing economy and infrastructure, as well as its numerous universities and academic institutions, it made perfect sense to serve this region with our flights that offer global connectivity,” says Dirk Janzen, vice president passenger sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group Airlines, in a statement.
Lufthansa will be RDU’s 16th airline, and Frankfurt will be its eighth international destination. RDU has added 21 new destinations and 46 new routes in 2023. Over 25 years, the Lufthansa flight is expected to have an economic impact of approximately $3.3 billion in North Carolina, according to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport already has nonstop flights to Frankfurt and Munich, Germany.