Lufthansa is set to launch a new route from Shannon Airport to Frankfurt next summer.

The German airline will operate the route between Shannon and Frankfurt Main airports weekly on Saturdays, from 29 April to 28 October 2017.

Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas said the addition of the new service “is great news for the Irish tourism industry along the west coast and beyond as Shannon Airport will provide German holidaymakers with a gateway to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Irish holidaymakers with an opportunity to explore a wonderful part of Germany”.

Germany is Ireland’s third-largest source of visitors.

The route will connect to Lufthansa’s hub, offering passengers in the Shannon Airport region connection to intercontinental destinations such as Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo.

This is the second new service to be announced at Shannon Airport in just over four weeks.

Last month SAS announced a new Stockholm-Shannon service for 2017.

Meanwhile, passenger numbers at Dublin Airport reached almost 2.5m in October – making it the busiest October in the airport’s 76-year history.

The number of passengers flying to and from continental Europe increased by 11%, as almost 1.3m passengers travelled to and from European destinations in October.

Almost 860,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations last month, a 4% increase compared to October last year.

Dublin Airport has welcomed almost 24m passengers in the first ten months of the year, a 12% increase over the same period in 2015.