The director of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has welcomed the planned launch of flights to Dusseldorf, which will be operated by Air Berlin from next summer.
John Martin said that the route will help SFO’s status as California’s "most convenient gateway to Europe", with dozens of flights operating each day to the continent’s major cities.
"Air Berlin’s added service allows us to offer even more options to Germany and beyond," he commented.
Gavin Newsom, San Francisco’s mayor, also welcomed the flights to Dusseldorf, which will commence in May 2010.
He said it is "great news" that more flights to Europe can be offered, particularly in the challenging economic climate.
Passengers travelling on the route will have the option of connecting with onward flights to Berlin, Hamburg and Munich in addition to other German cities.
According to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than 200,000 people from Germany fly to San Francisco every day.
SFO is one of the 30 busiest airports in the world and was the first major US airport to achieve 100 percent fully automated and integrated baggage screening.