Aer Lingus is stepping up its network from George Best Belfast City Airport, with the airline launching routes to Birmingham and Manchester.
The routes commenced on the 14th of September.
The flights will be operated by Stobart Air on behalf of these Aer Lingus Regional.
The routes will commence with a double-daily service, with up to three flights daily from 15th October, to conveniently connect passengers with the West Midlands area and the North West of England.
The launch of Birmingham and Manchester follows the launch of Edinburgh and Exeter flights from Belfast City Airport.
Aer Lingus Regional has five based ATR72-600 aircraft, last month to operate these regional routes..
Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said:
“As hub airports, Birmingham and Manchester have always been popular routes served from Belfast City Airport, heavily utilised by both business and leisure audiences, as well as the student market, so it is great to have this connectivity secured once again.
“Today’s launches are the third and fourth in a series of six new route launches with Aer Lingus Regional. We very much look forward to working with the airline to ensure the success of these routes and bolstering regional connectivity from Northern Ireland.”
Commenting on the announcement, Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said:
“We are thrilled to launch the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flights to Birmingham and Manchester today from our base at Belfast City Airport. We look forward to continuing our work with Birmingham Airport, Manchester Airport, Belfast City Airport and our partner Aer Lingus to operate flights to and from Belfast.
“Stobart Air has continued to work hard over the past number of weeks and months to protect our airline during these challenging times to position us for the future. The launch of these services from Belfast is part of that hard work.
“These new Aer Lingus Regional routes will facilitate key links and connectivity between Belfast and both Birmingham and Manchester. We will ensure we provide choice, value and convenience for our customers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board these new routes from today.”
Belfast City Airport suffered as COVID_19 was taking off, with the loss of FlyBe – a major provider of routes.
But things are improving it seems, with Aer Lingus operating three flights a day to London Heathrow, Aer Lingus Regional flying to Edinburgh three times a day and Exter gaining a four-times a week service.
The airline will also commence flights to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford from 1st October.
And filling those connectivity gaps are so important as people want or need to travel again.
Hopefully, both the demand and yield from these routes will be enough for the airline to add further capacity from the airport.
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