German airline Lufthansa and state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) have unveiled a joint product initiative for the expansion of joint train-to-flight services to Frankfurt Airport.

Under this initiative, the Lufthansa Express Rail network will be expanded by five additional cities.

For the first time, high-speed Sprinter trains will be travelling to the airport, commencing in December.

Deutsche Lufthansa executive board member Harry Hohmeister said: “With this joint initiative, we are strengthening the offer of mobility in Germany, thus bolstering the local economy. By intelligently linking rail and air transport, we offer our customers a seamless and convenient travel network, benefiting consumers and the environment.”

DB board member Berthold Huber said: “A good cooperation is now turning into a comprehensive partnership, the likes of which have never been seen before between Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn. At the end of the year, DB will expand the links between Germany’s largest hub and the new Sprinter connections. Travel by rail will be faster and more comfortable.”

Both entities are currently offering as many as 134 daily feeder trains to the airport from 17 German cities.

The additional five cities will be included in the second half of this year.

Lufthansa Express Rail services from Hamburg and Munich to Frankfurt Airport will commence in July, whereas the services will start from Berlin, Münster and Bremen in December.

The new services will shorten the duration of the journey between Munich and Cologne to less than four hours.

In addition, direct trains to the airport from and to Munich and Nuremberg will operate twice a day in three and two hours respectively, with no added stops in between.

The trains will also offer the services included under the Lufthansa Express Rail programme, such as reserved seats onboard trains, connection guarantee, mileage accrual for the train journey and more.

The high-speed trains will also feature large luggage compartments.