A new twice-weekly service linking Cork Airport and Frankfurt has been launched by German airline, Lufthansa.

The new service, which will be operated by Lufthansa's CityLine, will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

The flights are scheduled to land in Cork at 4.45pm on both days before the return leg to Frankfurt which takes off at 5.25pm.

The flight time is two hours and five minutes.

It's the first time in 18 years that Lufhtansa will operate from Cork Airport.

It will see the airline joining other major flag carriers operating from Cork this summer including KLM, SWISS and Air France as well as home carriers Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

"These are challenging times for aviation globally," Brian Gallagher, Head of Aviation and Commercial Business Development at Cork Airport said.

"We have worked long and hard over many years to secure connectivity to Frankfurt and beyond with Lufthansa to help support businesses and internationally trading companies across the South of Ireland region," he added.

"With this additional connection, we are looking forward to offering our customers even more travel options within our worldwide, multi-hub system," Andreas Koester, Senior Director of Sales for UK, Ireland and Iceland for the Lufthansa Group, said.

"As one of the largest carriers in Europe, with just a short stopover in Frankfurt, our customers will have access to hundreds of connections to numerous destinations within our vast, global network."