Belfast could have a new German air route – if it gets sufficient votes from the Northern Ireland Travelling Public.

German airline, Eurowings a subsidiary of the Lufthansa group with its headquarters in Dusseldorf, has come up with a novel way of making a decision on a new service.

It is asking the travelling public to vote to decide the new destination it will serve from Cologne – and Belfast International Airport is one of the eight airports shortlisted.

Called ‘You Vote we Fly’, the Eurowings website invites the public to take part in a vote involving 10 travel destinations. On the shortlist are 10 European destinations that are introduced in videos. The destinations are Mostar, (Bosnia Herzegovina), Podgorica, (Montenegro), Shannon, Brac, (Croatia), Trieste, (Italy), Castellon, (Spain), Trapani, (Sicily), Bergen, Belfast and Biarritz.

According to the Eurowings website, the most the most-voted destination will be part of the airline’s 2018 summer schedule. The airline is offering voters the chance to win one of 50 flights involving their new destination.