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Belfast on shortlist of destinations in new Eurowings flight route competition

Belfast has made its way onto a shortlist of 10 cities in a competition to be selected as a new destination for German budget airline Eurowings.

The competition sees Belfast going up against destinations from across Europe, with the public able to cast their votes via the airline's website.

To be selected for the new route, Belfast will have to beat out the following destinations:

  • Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Shannon, Republic of Ireland
  • Brac, Croatia
  • Trieste, Italy
  • Castellón, Spain
  • Trapani, Italy
  • Bergen, Italy
  • Biarritz, France

In its promotional video advertising Belfast as a destination, the airline offers the city's murals, Northern Ireland's nature, and the local stout on offer to tourists as reasons to vote for the Northern Irish capital.

As of Thursday afternoon, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina was leading the race with around a third of the vote.

Belfast was coming in fourth position on just over 10%, behind Trapani on 29.1% and Castellon on 14%.

The airline has not yet specified where the flight will be taking off from, how often the flight will run, and if it will become a permanent fixture.

It also has not specified a closing date for the competition.

The winning destination will be added to the airlines Summer 2018 schedule.

The low-cost airline currently flies to destinations in Ireland and across the United Kingdom, and has a number of routes to destinations outside of Europe including Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Egypt.

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