German nudists can start their holidays early by stripping off on the plane if they take up a new offer from a German travel firm.

Travel agency OssiUrlaub.de will start taking bookings from Friday for a trial nudist day trip.

The trip from the eastern German town of Erfurt to the popular Baltic Sea resort of Usedom is planned for 5 July and will cost €499.

Enrico Hess, Managing Director, says the high cost is due to the small size of the plane.

'There's no real reason why a flight in which one flies naked should be more expensive than any other', he added.

The 55 passengers will have to remain clothed until they board, and dress before disembarking, he said.

The crew will remain clothed throughout the flight for safety reasons.

The idea came from a customer who spotted 'the unusual gap in the market.'

Despite the oddness, Mr Hess is adamant that they are a perfectly normal holiday company.

'I don't want people to get the wrong idea. It's not that we're starting a swinger club in mid-air or something like that.'