Monday, 14 September 2020

Birmingham and Manchester Services Take Off from Belfast City Airport


Belfast City Airport has further strengthened its UK route network with the inaugural Aer Lingus flights to Birmingham and Manchester taking off today, 14th September.

The Aer Lingus Regional 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.

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.”


Glasgow Route 


Belfast City Airport recently had a new link inaugurated to Glasgow with the Scottish regional airline Loganair operates using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet.

The new service flies a double daily schedule Monday to Friday and on Sundays with a single flight on Saturdays.  
 
The weekday timetable from Monday through Thursday has departures from Glasgow at 07.15 and 16.00 and from Belfast at 08.30 and 17.15 – allowing for business meetings to take place in either city before a return flight home. 

On Fridays the first flight from Glasgow is at 13.15, leaving Belfast at 14.40, with the Sunday departure from Glasgow at 12.45 and 18.30 and from Belfast at 14.05 and 19.50. The Saturday flight repeats the same departure times as the first flight midweek.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said: “Connectivity and resilience are important for every city during the present crisis and beyond. This new route from Loganair provides both for Glasgow and Belfast. There are many business connections between the two cities and this service will be invaluable for the companies involved.”

 Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Ann McGregor said:  “Northern Ireland’s economy relies heavily on good connectivity to both near and far markets. Today’s announcement is important because maintaining and indeed growing the number of routes from our airports will be key for economic recovery.

“We very much welcome the introduction of this Belfast to Glasgow service, which will help facilitate easy commercial travel between the two cities. Businesses across Northern Ireland already enjoy strong working relationships with customers and partners in Scotland and this service will go some way to ensuring that this can continue in the crucial months ahead.”

 




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