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Lufthansa will start a non-stop service from MSP to Germany on Tuesday

New nonstop service from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Germany begins Tuesday as Lufthansa expands into the market.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., there will be a water cannon salute to greet the arrival of the airline’s first flight from Frankfurt, followed by musical performances, a ribbon cutting and remarks from dignitaries from Lufthansa and the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

The festivities at Gate G13 also include German-inspired treats and souvenirs for passengers boarding the first outbound flight, which departs at 3:05 p.m.

Flights between the Twin Cities and Frankfurt will operate five times a week year-round. With the arrival of Lufthansa, the MSP airport is now served by 19 airlines.

The new service marks the airport’s first new transatlantic route in four years and comes as MSP braces for a wave of passengers traveling to Europe this summer.

This year, Aer Lingus resumed service from the Twin Cities to Dublin and Delta launched a new route to Ireland’s capital.

Together with the German flag carrier Lufthansa, Condor Air flies seasonally from Minneapolis-St. Paulus to Frankfurt. Delta, Air France, KLM and Icelandair provide direct flights to other European destinations, including London, Amsterdam, Paris and Iceland.

“It’s definitely the summer of Europe,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP. “Capacity to Europe from MSP is at a record high, with 28% more seats than a year ago and 14% more than the previous record of 2019.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is predicting record numbers of passengers domestically between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. At MSP, departures will peak this summer at 474 average daily departures, the highest level in five years and up 9% from the same period a year ago, according to the MAC.