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Southwest Florida International has landed new nonstop service to Germany.
Lee County Port Authority reported Friday that Lufthansa Group airline Eurowings will begin service to Fort Myers in May 2018.
According to the port authority:
Eurowings will start twice weekly nonstop service from Southwest Florida International Airport to Munich Airport and a weekly flight to Cologne Bonn Airport on May 1 and May 4, 2018, respectively.
Flights will operate on an Airbus A330 with 310 seats.
The service will start out with a May-through-October schedule; however, that always is subject to change, said Port Authority spokeswoman Victoria Moreland.
The international airport has enjoyed nonstop flights from Airberllin between Fort Myers and Dusseldorf for many years.
Gaining the Eurowing flights “will strengthen the bridge between Germany and Southwest Florida," said Jeff Mulder, port authority executive director.
"Travelers from Fort Myers will now be able to reach two extremely popular destinations in Germany more conveniently, as well as take advantage of connecting flights throughout Europe," Mulder said, adding that, "We also look forward to welcoming more European visitors to experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida.”
The new air service also promises to give Southwest Floridians easy access to additional communities in Germany, including connecting flights to Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna and other locations.
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Executive Director Tamara Pigott called the new air service "fantastic news."
Germany already is an important feeder market for Southwest Florida tourism and hospitality, an industry that accounts for 1 in 5 jobs in Lee and Collier counties alone.
Last year, more than 320,000 German-origin visitors came to Lee County, "and spent more than $352 million while in our community," Pigott said.
International guests such as the Germans are especially prized here because they stay longer and spend more than the typical domestic visitors, Pigott said.
And, although international visitors come throughout the year, their primary vacation time falls in the summer months, when Southwest Florida gets far fewer visitors from other parts of the United States.
Eurowings flight reservations to and from Fort Myers already are available by visiting www.eurowings.com/us.html.
For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, visit www.flylcpa.com or like the airport on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.