Aer Lingus strengthens its network of George Best Belfast City Airport, with the airline launching routes to Birmingham and Manchester.
Launch of the Aer Lingus regional route between Manchester and Birmingham – Image, Belfast City Airport
The roads started on September 14.
The flights will be operated by Stobart Air on behalf of these Aer Lingus Regional.
Routes will start with a twice-daily service, with up to three daily flights starting October 15, to easily connect passengers to the West Midlands and North West England.
The launch of Birmingham and Manchester follows the launch of flights to Edinburgh and Exeter from Belfast City Airport.
Aer Lingus Regional has five ATR72-600 aircraft based last month to operate these regional routes.
Katy Best, Commercial Director of Belfast City Airport, said:
“As hub airports, Birmingham and Manchester have always been popular routes served from Belfast City Airport, heavily used by the business and leisure public, as well as the student market, so it’s great to have this secure connectivity again.
“Today’s launches are the third and fourth in a series of six new route launches with Aer Lingus Regional. We look forward to working with the airline to ensure the success of these routes and to strengthen regional connectivity from Northern Ireland. “
Commenting on the announcement, Andy Jolly, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said:
“We are delighted to launch today the first regional Aer Lingus flights to Birmingham and Manchester 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 few weeks and months to protect our airline during these difficult times in order to position us for the future. Part of that hard work is launching these services from Belfast.
“These new Aer Lingus regional routes will facilitate key routes and connectivity between Belfast and Birmingham and Manchester. We will ensure that we provide choice, value and convenience to our customers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers aboard these new routes starting today. “
Belfast City Airport suffered from the takeoff of COVID_19, with the loss of FlyBe – a major route provider.
But things are looking up, it seems, with Aer Lingus operating three flights a day to London Heathrow, Aer Lingus Regional serving Edinburgh three times a day and Exter having service four times a week.
The airline will also begin flights to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford from October 1.
And filling those gaps in connectivity is so important that people want or need to travel again.
Hopefully there will be enough demand and performance from these routes for the airline to increase the capacity of the airport.
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