Showing posts with label Belfast City Airport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belfast City Airport. Show all posts

19 March, 2024

Belfast City Airport named Most Punctual UK Airport in 2023

Belfast City Airport named Most Punctual UK Airport in 2023
George Best Belfast City Airport has been confirmed as the UK’s Most Punctual Airport for 2023 following the publication of the latest performance figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The data analyses arriving and departing scheduled and chartered flights throughout the year, with results revealing that Belfast City Airport was the most punctual of the 25 UK airports included in the survey.
Mark Beattie, Chief Operating Officer at Belfast City Airport said:  “At Belfast City Airport we always aim to deliver a passenger experience that is convenient and hassle free, and we are thrilled to have the best on-time-performance of any airport in the UK across the calendar year 2023.

This achievement is owing to our team’s dedication to going above and beyond to maximise performance and efficiencies to ensure our passengers can move through the airport, and get to their destination, as quickly as possible.
Our unrivalled punctuality combined with our prime location, only five minutes from the heart of Belfast City Centre, and an average security processing time of just 6 minutes allows our passengers to enjoy a smooth start to every journey.”
Belfast City Airport currently operates routes to 30 destinations across the UK and beyond in partnership with its six airlines, Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJet, KLM, Loganair, Lufthansa, and charter partners Royal Caribbean, Travel Solutions and TUI.

Conor McCarthy, Executive Chairman at Emerald Airlines & Dublin Aerospace said "As George Best Belfast City Airport’s largest airline, serving 11 destinations in the UK, for Aer Lingus Regional. Emerald Airlines are very proud to have been part of this achievement.  Well done to all the hard-working crews, engineers and handling agents who made this happen."

25 April, 2023

Loganair operates from Belfast City Airport for 40 years........

Celebrations have taken place to mark the 40th anniversary of Loganair’s first flight from Belfast City Airport.

As the first airline to operate a scheduled commercial flight into Belfast City Airport in 1983, when it was known as Belfast Harbour Airport, Loganair passengers arriving on the Aberdeen flight on 30th March were welcomed with a celebratory water cannon display.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport commented:  “Loganair has had a longstanding presence at Belfast City Airport, dating back to our very first day of commercial operations in 1983, and coming together to mark this wonderful occasion has allowed us to reflect on our relationship through the years.

Throughout the past 40 years, our partnership with Loganair has gone from strength to strength and we are very pleased to offer unrivalled convenience to both business and leisure passengers wishing to travel to Aberdeen, Dundee, and Inverness.

We look forward to continuing to work with Loganair to deliver high quality service and choice for travellers long into the future.”

Luke Lovegrove, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Belfast City Airport plays an important role in the history of our airline as we operated the first scheduled services into the Airport in 1983.

The aircraft operating into Belfast at that time was also built in Belfast. It’s a privilege to be part of the 40th anniversary celebrations today and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Airport providing unrivalled domestic connectivity.”

New route between Frankfurt and Belfast City Airport starts.

Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt has taken off from Belfast City Airport, marking the first time the German flag carrier has operated in Northern Ireland.
The service, which is the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and Germany, will operate up to four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Welcoming the inaugural flight, Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, commented:  “The commencement of Lufthansa’s service to Frankfurt represents a significant milestone for Belfast City Airport, providing Northern Ireland with essential connectivity to Europe and further afield.
This exciting new partnership opens up opportunities for business and leisure travellers alike and there is no doubt that it will be an extremely popular route for many.
At Belfast City Airport, we pride ourselves on delivering convenience and choice to our passengers and securing this new connection with Germany only strengthens that offering further.”
As its base and a major European hub, Frankfurt is a key destination in Lufthansa’s extensive portfolio of destinations. This summer it will connect to a network of over 200 destinations from its Frankfurt hub.
Dr. Frank Wagner, General Manager Sales, UK, Ireland, and Iceland for Lufthansa Group, added:  “We are excited to announce the addition of Belfast City Airport to Lufthansa’s global network with the official inaugural flight to Frankfurt on 24th April 2023.

This new nonstop connection will bring Northern Ireland much closer to Frankfurt and to the heart of Western Europe. Connecting passengers will enjoy a convenient and full service one-stop connection beyond our hub to our vast network of 200 destinations in most parts of the world.”

In addition to supporting tourism growth in the region, the new route will provide vital business links with exports from Northern Ireland to Germany already exceeding £333 million between July 2021 and July 2022.

Simon Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Belfast Chamber, said:  “Belfast Chamber is delighted to welcome the arrival of the first Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to George Best Belfast City Airport.  Frankfurt is a fantastic hub airport and a new four times a week service will provide Belfast businesses with access to new markets in Germany and across the world, as well as opportunities for the city to attract new inbound tourists. “Connectivity is key to the economic success of any city and Belfast will undoubtedly benefit from this brilliant new route”.

Flights to Frankfurt will be operated by an Embraer E-190 aircraft offering both Economy and Business class services.

21 March, 2023

easyJet to launch new routes from Belfast City to Manchester and London Luton

easyJet is expanding operations from Northern Ireland by introducing new routes from Belfast City and adding more seats.  
easyJet has added 140,000 additional seats on routes from Belfast International and Belfast City to London Gatwick, London Luton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester

The additional seats provide customers in Northern Ireland with even more choice and direct convenient connections, whether they are flying for pleasure or business. Customers planning their Easter and summer getaways or business trips can now book great value fares from Belfast International starting from just £23.99* to London Luton and Glasgow and £22.99* to Manchester.

Brand new routes from Belfast City to London Luton and Manchester are now on sale

The airline has also announced two new year-round domestic routes from Belfast City to London Luton and Manchester, which will take off for the first time in June. Belfast to Manchester, which was previously served by Flybe, and London Luton will help maintain connectivity between the regions. This means the airline now operates six routes from Belfast City to Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, and London Gatwick, and now London Luton and Manchester. easyJet has rapidly expanded its offering at the city airport over the last two years since relaunching operations from Belfast City for the first time in over 10 years in 2021 with a route to London Gatwick.

Fights to London Luton and Manchester will take off for the first time on 26 June 2023, with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays throughout the year.

02 February, 2023

Aer Lingus Regional to Commence Flights to Newcastle and Nottingham East Midlands from Belfast City Airport

Emerald Airlines, largest operator out of Belfast City Airport and exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional network, today announces two new services to Newcastle and Nottingham East Midlands from Belfast City. All domestic regional points vacated by Flybe at Belfast City Airport will now be reestablished by Aer Lingus Regional.
With fares starting at £34.99* the Belfast City to Nottingham East Midlands service is to commence on the 26th of March, initially as a daily service, and will increase up to double daily from mid-April. The daily flights between Belfast City-Newcastle will commence on the 28th of April. Tickets are on sale now at
Already providing connectivity to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and Southampton from Belfast, the two new services to Newcastle and Nottingham East Midlands, in addition to the airline’s Summer services to Jersey and Newquay, further cements its intention to provide efficient, great value, and sustainable air travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said:  "We are very pleased to be strengthening our schedule out of Belfast City Airport.  As the demand for travel options from Belfast only increases, these two new routes will no doubt be warmly welcomed. Earlier this week we announced that we will be adding 15,000+ seats immediately across our existing network from Belfast City, and we will continue to grow these services in the months ahead.”
With more flights and more choice for the travelling public, the airline is progressively bolstering its Summer 2023 Schedule. Emerald Airlines will add 180,000+ extra seats this Summer from Belfast City Airport, operating over 400 weekly flights this Summer to and from Belfast.
Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said:  “Following the collapse of Flybe, East Midlands and Newcastle were the airline’s only destinations not served by other carriers from Belfast City Airport. Having Emerald Airlines step-up and operate the Aer Lingus Regional services on both routes, in addition to its already extensive network from Belfast City, is therefore excellent news as it leaves no Flybe destination unserved.
Maintaining a robust route network and ensuring connectivity to and from Northern Ireland remains our priority, and we look forward to continuing and developing our successful partnership with Emerald Airlines.”
For industry colleagues who have been adversely impacted by the Flybe administration announcement, Emerald Airlines is holding open interviews on Thursday and Friday, 2nd and 3rd of February in Maldron Hotel, Belfast. Based in Belfast City Airport, these roles include Direct Entry Captains, Co-Pilots, and Cabin Crew.


22 December, 2022

Belfast City Airport Announces Arrival of Lufthansa with Route to Germany

Germany’s flag carrier airline, Lufthansa, has announced it will commence operations at Belfast City Airport. The airline, which is one of Europe’s largest, is entering the Northern Irish market for the first time and will operate flights from Belfast City Airport to Frankfurt, Germany, from 23rd April 2023.

This will be the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and Germany.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport which is located only five minutes from Belfast City centre, commented:  “Attracting an airline such as Lufthansa to Northern Ireland that will provide the only route from the region to Germany is a major win for, not only the airport, but the wider tourism and business industry. With Germany being the third-largest market for overseas tourism to the island of Ireland, there is a clear demand for direct connectivity.”

Flights to Frankfurt with Lufthansa will operate up to four times a week, giving both leisure and business passengers exceptional choice and convenience when travelling to the global hub.

Katy continued:  “Frankfurt is an important city for commerce, culture, and tourism, and its airport is one of the busiest in Europe.  As a base for Lufthansa, Frankfurt is a key destination in its network and gives passengers an attractive option for connecting flights to markets further afield. Lufthansa’s commitment to excellent customer service and great value makes it a superb fit for Belfast City Airport, and we look forward to welcoming passengers travelling to Frankfurt and beyond to the terminal.”

Dr Frank Wagner, General Manager Sales, UK, Ireland and Iceland for Lufthansa Group, said:  “We are excited to announce the addition of Belfast City Airport to Lufthansa’s global network with the inaugural flight to Frankfurt on 23rd April 2023. This new nonstop connection will bring Northern Ireland much closer to Frankfurt and to the heart of Western Europe. Connecting passengers will enjoy a convenient and full service connection beyond our hub to our vast network of over 200 destinations in summer 2023.”

Exports from Northern Ireland to Germany between July 2021 and July 2022 reached over £333 million, with significant growth in the transport, metal and meat industries.

Speaking of the benefit for businesses, Mel Chittock, Interim CEO of Invest NI said:  “Germany is a powerhouse of the European economy and one which offers tremendous potential for our local businesses to export to as well as being a major source of internationally mobile investment. Its key sectors are well aligned with Northern Ireland’s strengths, particularly in Advanced Manufacturing, Life and Health Sciences, Food and Drink, and Financial Services. In fact, we are currently strengthening our European team to support exporters expand into Germany, Austria and Switzerland and to promote the Northern Ireland investment proposition in the region, with recruitment for a number of key roles currently under way.

Direct air connectivity is an important element of growing our economy and the establishment of this new direct route will make it easier for companies, both here and in the region, to do business together.”

Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry added:  “Air connectivity is an important driver of economic growth, so NI Chamber welcomes the introduction of this new route between Belfast and Frankfurt. For business passengers, including those servicing customers in Germany and Europe, it will help improve trade links and make travel to an important export market more accessible.”

In addition to facilitating vital business links, the new route between Northern Ireland and Frankfurt will provide essential connectivity for tourism between the two countries.

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said:    “Today’s announcement by Lufthansa is really good news for tourism to Northern Ireland in 2023.  As an island destination, we know there’s a proven correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, so this new flight will certainly help boost tourism business from Germany. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Lufthansa, Belfast City Airport and our other key partners, to drive demand for this new flight, and all other services to Northern Ireland, and help maintain our vital network of routes and services.  Germany is an important market for tourism to Northern Ireland. In 2019, we welcomed almost 65,000 German visitors, whose visits delivered almost £14 million for the economy.”

Welcoming the new route, Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive, Visit Belfast said:  “We’re delighted to welcome Lufthansa to Northern Ireland and this new air service connecting Frankfurt and Belfast.
Connectivity is crucial as we continue to rebuild the city and region's tourism sector. This is a real vote of confidence; and as the gateway city to Northern Ireland, this service will allow us to fully engage with one of our key markets in continental Europe as well as provide onward global connections to and from this important hub airport.   We look forward to working with Lufthansa and Belfast City Airport to promote the Belfast City Region as an exciting, vibrant leisure, business and conference destination.”
With nearly 4,000 German-born residents living in Northern Ireland, the new route will also deliver a much-needed path for visiting friends and family, something which does not currently exist in Northern Ireland.
Marion Lübbeke, Honorary Consul for Germany to Northern Ireland, added:   “Congratulations to Belfast City Airport in securing this new route to Frankfurt International Airport. We are delighted to see Lufthansa, one of the world’s leading airlines, coming to Northern Ireland and opening new opportunities for business and tourism. Northern Ireland is a popular travel destination for visitors from Germany who love the spectacular coastline, the buzzing cities and above all, the warm hospitality of the people.”
Flights to Frankfurt will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays by an Embraer aircraft and will offer both Business and Economy class services.

Wednesday and Sunday flights depart at 09.45 and arrive Frankfurt at 13.10
Monday and Friday flights depart at 16.45 and arrive Frankfurt 20.10

08 November, 2022

Four easyjet routes from Belfast City Airport help connect the UK.....

Photo Belfast City Airport /easyJet
The recent launch of flights to Glasgow means that easyJet now travels to four must-see destinations across the UK directly from Belfast City Airport.

And, with flights to Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, and London Gatwick starting at only £22.99, there's no reason not to book a trip this winter!

✈️ Bristol up to three times a week

✈️ Glasgow up to three times a week

✈️ Liverpool up to six times a week

✈️ London Gatwick up to two times a day

Photo Belfast City Airport /easyJet
On Monday 31st October, easyJet and Belfast City Airport celebrated the first Glasgow service with easyJet and Belfast City Airport branded biscuits for passengers, a sensational easyJet cake, and a performance from the talented Sollus Highland Dancers, the inaugural flight to Glasgow was one for the books.

Flights to Glasgow with easyJet will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the winter season and can be booked now.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Country Manager, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating the launch of our new service from Belfast City to Glasgow today and following our continued growth at the airport in the last year this new service will further strengthen our Belfast network by providing even more choice and convenient connectivity from Belfast City to one of Scotland's major cities, which is already proving popular with leisure and business travellers alike. We are proud to be the largest airline in Northern Ireland and are committed to providing our customers flying with easyJet from Belfast with more choice, great value fares and a fantastic service."

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: "Following the success of its flights from Belfast City to London Gatwick, Liverpool, and Bristol, we are thrilled to see easyJet take to the skies today with new flights to Glasgow.

The three-times-weekly service from our city centre hub provides great connectivity to Scotland’s second city and will prove extremely popular with both outbound and inbound travellers.

The inaugural flight to Glasgow not only signals easyJet’s expansion at Belfast City Airport but is a testament to the strength of our partnership and we look forward to working together in the future to continue providing choice, convenience, and flexibility of travel to our passengers."

easyJet is the largest airline in Northern Ireland and offers up to 38 routes servicing Belfast across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

09 July, 2022

Aer Lingus Regional Services to Cardiff and Southampton Take Off From Belfast City Airport

New services to Cardiff and Southampton have taken off from George Best Belfast City Airport with Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Emerald Airlines.
The new routes will provide passengers with additional choice and frequency when connecting with Wales and the south coast of England.
Michelle Hatfield, Corporate Services Director at Belfast City Airport, said:   “As one of the largest airline partners at Belfast City Airport, the addition of more Aer Lingus Regional services is fantastic for both business and leisure passengers wishing to travel to the UK. Passengers have been asking for further connections to Cardiff and Southampton and we are thrilled that we have been able to deliver in time for the busy summer period.”
Aer Lingus Regional’s service from Belfast City Airport to Cardiff is the only air link to Wales from Northern Ireland, giving passengers convenient and cost-effective connections to the Welsh capital.
Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said:   “We are delighted to commence our Cardiff and Southampton services from Belfast, providing those travelling from Belfast with more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland. 

16 April, 2022

flybe back in the air.....

The new Flybe has officially started commercial flights this week with a service from Birmingham to George Best Belfast City Airport from Birmingham on Wednesday 13 April. 
The inaugural flight took off on Wednesday morning and marked the beginning of up to four daily flights between the two airports. Additional routes served from Belfast will include Belfast City to Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Manchester, Southampton, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle.
The launch follows the news that Belfast City Airport will be the airline’s second main base of operation, creating approximately 100 direct new jobs in the Belfast region, as well as an additional 40 local partner jobs in ground handling and maintenance companies. Flybe’s arrival is expected to create even more indirect jobs elsewhere in the local Northern Ireland economy.
Flybe’s CEO, Dave Pflieger (pictured above) said: "After a year of extremely hard work, the entire team at Flybe is absolutely thrilled to be airborne and underway with our new commercial operations, and we are especially excited to be in a new multi-year partnership with Belfast City Airport.

We chose Belfast City Airport as an important base for our operations because of its fantastic people, its key location just five minutes from the city centre, and the opportunity it allows to connect Northern Ireland with mainland UK. We have plans to rapidly grow and create further jobs and look forward to adding even more flights as the summer progresses."
Matthew Hall, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, (pictured above) added: “It’s great to see Flybe take to the skies today from George Best Belfast City Airport. Providing choice and convenience to the people of Northern Ireland is something we pride ourselves on, and securing these 12 new services to destinations across the UK and Europe with Flybe only strengthens that offering further.” 

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27 March, 2022

Belfast - a city of contrasts

A city of contrasts,  a cosmopolitan centre, a vibrant film industry, fascinating walking tours, bus and taxi excursions, cultural escapes, scientific exhibitions and literary inspirations. Belfast has it all and I've not even mentioned the superb shopping, beautiful landmarks or friendly people.

Belfast is a great destination for a traditional city break,  although with so much on offer in and around the area, you might want to spend a bit longer there to explore everything there is on offer as well as going further afield. 

Fantastic Four.......

Top of the agenda to see in Belfast for so very many people is the stunningly designed Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.  In 2016, it was awarded the mantle of  World's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards and has been popular ever since. The funky building is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912.

Titanic Belfast, as you would expect, tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in the early 1900s, through to construction and launch. It covers her maiden voyage and subsequent tragic end and her place in history.

The experience extends over nine interactive galleries, exploring the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her.

Just a little way from Titinic Belfast is this SS Nomadic, perhaps most famous for the part she played in the Titanic story when she ferried first and second class passengers to Titanic from Cherbourg, but this was only the beginning of her extraordinary journey that stretches over 100 years. Restored to her original 1911 glory and back home in Belfast where she was designed and built, a visit to SS Nomadic and Hamilton Dock combines the authentic heritage and atmosphere of this historic ship with the intriguing stories of her passengers and the ups and downs of her dramatic career.

Stretched over four decks a visit to Nomadic allows you to experience first-hand what it was like to be a passenger boarding Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage, to marvel at the intricate details and the contrasts between the separated class areas on board.

Price for Totanic Expreience and SS Nomandic are Adult £21.50 and Child (5-15) £10.00

Game of Thrones Studio Tour

It may have finished quite some time ago,  but  Game of Thrones is still incredibly popular and in Belfast you can step inside the Seven Kingdoms and explore the whole world of Game of Thrones with the official Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

It is located at the shows filming location at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, and is a pretty immersive experience designed to give you a journey through the lands of Westeros and explore pretty much everything Game of Thrones.  Walk through iconic sets from Winterfell to King’s Landing, discover the secrets of filmmaking and explore the craftmanship and artistry responsible for bringing the global hit TV series to life on screen.

Ok, so yes it is outside of Belfast,  about 30 minutes away, but it really is worth taking a day trip here not just for a GoT fans, but for all wanting a great experience. However, it is pretty expensive,  Adult tickets start at £39.50 and for a child its £27.50.  

The Botanic Gardens 

The Botanic Gardens is perhaps a more relaxed and gentle attraction but should be a key excursion for most first visits to Belfast. It really is an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists.  It was established way back in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, as a direct response to public demand. 

Originally known as the Belfast Botanic Garden, the site contained exotic tree species and impressive plant collections from the southern hemisphere, many of which can still be seen in the park.

Today, the park is popular destination for both visitors and locals, plus it is often (covid permitting) a venue for concerts, festivals and other fun events. 

Ulster Museum

It is a place where you can come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces.....where is it?     It is Ulster Museum.  The home of Northern Ireland's treasures from the present tdays to times long passed by. It houses a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and - get this,  it is free to all visitors. Yay, super bargin with lots to see and do, as well as a bit of an exhibition on recent TV smash, Derry Girls. 

Other top attractions worthy of a visit or making time to explore include:

Parliament Buildings
Cathedral Quater 
City Hall
Peace Wall
Grand Opera House
Belfast Castle

Great prices for hotel stays....

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre is conveniently located close to the city’s retail and entertainment districts. The hotel is adjacent to Belfast’s main transport interchange and is easily accessible to the main road network makes this a great place to base yourself for Belfast city stays. 

Radisson Blu Hotel

The hotel offers 120 guest rooms including five suites, two tower suites and the largest Presidential suite in the city. There is also onsite parking with over 200 spaces available.

Radisson Blu offers seven modern, flexible and fully equipped meeting rooms. The bedrooms are decorated in two unique styles, Urban and Nordic. In-room amenities include air conditioning, LCD TV, pay movies, laptop size safe, tea and coffee making facilities as well as complimentary high speed internet access for all guests.

For added luxuries and comfort upgrade to a Business Class room or one of eight suites. Additional amenities include complimentary newspaper, in-house movies, Super Breakfast Buffet, and a bathrobe and slippers. The hotel's Magnificent Suite 7 enjoys views across Belfast, a dining and lounge area, lobby and its own private boardroom with a kitchen.
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This is usually a great value good quality and centrally located hotel. It is in a good location and offers all the usual facilities you should expect from a reasonably priced hotel. Complimentary high speed WiFi available throught the hotel. SQ Bar and Grill restaurant located within the Hotel, plus The Hub, place to meet, drink, eat, relax all on one floor. It's a four start property and has nice comfortable rooms and the location is great.

Hilton Belfast

The Hilton Belfast is a five start hotel with all the super features and amineties you should expect from such a hotel. It is located on the banks of the River Lagan and the heart of the city, the Hilton Belfast offers 198 guest rooms and suites and they all have  LED TVs, air conditioning, working desk with ergonomic chairs, tea/coffee making facility and minibar. 

Plus of course you have amazing views from the 11th Floor Executive Lounge for guests booking into Executive Floors and Suites; breakfast and evening drinks and canapes (6 - 8 pm) are served daily. 

Prime city center location next to Central Station, Belfast Waterfront and St. George's Market with financial, shopping and social districts nearby - Odyssey Arena, Titanic Belfast, Belfast City Hall, T13 and the Cathedral, Titanic and Queens Quarters all within 1 mile - WiFi available throughout hotel in public areas and in all areas for Hilton Honors Members.

The popular Sonoma Restaurant with river views serves breakfast and dinner daily. Relaxed dining, coffee and extensive drinks menu all day in Cables Bar.

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25 March, 2022

12 new routes from the new FlyBe from Belfast City Airport!

It's the route news everyone has been waiting for! The new incarnation of Flybe has announced it will commence 12 new routes from Belfast City Airport to destinations across the UK and beyond.

✈️ Birmingham up to 4x a day, taking off on 13th April

✈️ Glasgow up to 4x a day, taking off on 14th April

✈️ Leeds Bradford up to 3x a day, taking off on 28th April

✈️ London Heathrow up to 2x a day, taking off on 28th April

✈️ Amsterdam daily, taking off on 28th May

✈️ Edinburgh up to 3x a day, taking off on 23rd June

✈️ East Midlands up to 2x a day, taking off on 7th July

✈️ Manchester up to 4x a day, taking off on 7th July

✈️ Southampton up to 2x a day, taking off on 28th July

✈️ Aberdeen up to 4x a week, taking off on 25th August

✈️ Inverness up to 4x a week, taking off on 25th August

✈️ Newcastle daily, taking off on 25th August

With fares starting at only £29.99, the new Flybe flights from Belfast City Airport are the perfect excuse to book that weekend break you’ve been thinking about, enjoy a trip to the UK, or reconnect with loved ones across the water.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at George Best Belfast City Airport, said:  “We are thrilled to be sharing the extremely positive news that Flybe has chosen Belfast City Airport as its second base and will operate services to 12 destinations from April this year.
“These flights further strengthen our route network and offer our passengers greater choice, convenience, and connectivity to the UK and beyond. We look forward to welcoming Flybe and working with the airline to meet the growing demand for travel.”
The announcement comes as the new and improved Flybe reveals its full route network which will see the airline fly up to 530 flights per week across 23 routes, with more to be announced in the months ahead. 
Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: “We are delighted to now be out for sale and starting service next month. We think our new flights will benefit everyone who wants low fares and more flights to go on holiday and visit loved ones.  Our new network will also ensure better regional connectivity inside the UK and between various UK and EU regions.” 
Our goal is to create an airline that people love, and we aim to do that by making air travel on Flybe an easy and enjoyable experience so you will fly with us again in the future.  The new Flybe team has worked tirelessly over the past year to create an airline that delivers on price, schedule, and choice, and we look forward to having you book a ticket on and start flying again next month, this summer, and in the many years ahead!”

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24 March, 2022

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, commences services from Belfast City Airport

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, today commenced its services from Belfast City Airport, with its inaugural flight from Belfast City to Birmingham departing this morning, 24th March, at 06:50 AM.
The first phase of services started today to Birmingham, with Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester commencing on 27th March.  Services from Belfast City to Glasgow and Exeter will commence from early May, 2022.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said:

“Today is a very exciting day for us at Emerald Airlines. With our growing team of Cabin and Flight Crew based in Belfast City Airport, combined with the customer demand to travel again, Belfast has always been an important market for us. 
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling, be it for business or leisure, to and from Belfast City Airport – and today is the first of many routes we will be servicing to achieve just that.”
Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Aer Lingus, said: "Today marks another important day for Aer Lingus Regional services. The commencement of these services from Belfast City Airport will be welcome news for customers and for connectivity to and from Northern Ireland. Customers will be able to enjoy the value, convenience and warm welcome that Aer Lingus is proud to deliver.”
Passengers are now able to book flights from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow, and Exeter. Passengers will be able to earn Avios points on all Aer Lingus Regional flights, providing continuity and benefits of the current services offered by both Aer Lingus and British Airways at Belfast City Airport. 
Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport, which is just a five-minute drive from the city centre, said:  “Birmingham has always been an incredibly popular route from Belfast City so it seems fitting to launch our partnership with Emerald Airlines with flights to Birmingham. We’re certain Birmingham, along with Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds Bradford all starting later this week, will be successful services used by both business and leisure passengers. 
This is a long-term partnership, and we very much look forward to further developing the network and providing additional frequency in the coming months.”
Aer Lingus and British Airways' services to London City and London Heathrow from Belfast City Airport remain unchanged.
Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance.  These ultra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO₂ on these short, regional flights.

Schedule & Avios
AirportRouteStart DateFrequencyAircraft
BirminghamBHD-BHX24-MAR-22Up to 3x DailyATR72-600
Leeds BradfordBHD-LBA27-MAR-22Up to 2x DailyATR72-600
ManchesterBHD-MAN27-MAR-22Up to 3x DailyATR72-600
EdinburghBHD-EDI27-MAR-22Up to 2x DailyATR72-600
ExeterBHD-EXT08-MAY-22Up to 5x weeklyATR72-600

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15 March, 2022

Emerald Airlines to operate Exeter Airport - Belfast City Airport route for Aer Lingus Regional

Emerald Airlines is all set to operate a new route between Exeter Airport and Belfast City Airport with effect from early May for Aer Lingus Regional. 

The route will operate up to five times per week and is part of a wider commitment by the carrier to Northern Ireland to ensure continuity of regional routes that have been operated previously by Aer Lingus, flyBe and British Airways.

Exeter Airport managing director, Stephen Wiltshire, welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is great news for South West travellers, and we are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus franchise partner Emerald Airlines on to the Belfast route in addition to its previously-announced Dublin service which starts next month. Belfast has proved to be a hugely popular destination as passengers look for an exciting city break, and particularly with the growth of the staycation market. It adds up to a wide range of domestic and sunshine routes available to passengers from Exeter Airport, with 28 direct destinations in nine countries for 2022.”

Conor McCarthy, Emerald Airlines CEO, said: “We want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling to and from Belfast City Airport, and with today’s announcement we are well-positioned to deliver on that objective. We’re keen to build upon our announcement today, with more flights, destinations, and great fares to follow in the very near future.”

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15 September, 2021

Exeter to Belfast flights extended to 2022

British Airways has extended its service from Exeter Airport to Belfast City Airport to March next year, the airline has confirmed.

The flights had been due to finish at the end of October but have been extended to March 25, 2022 and are bookable now.

The announcement is further good news for Exeter Airport which continues to grow its route network following the impact of the pandemic and the closure of regional airline Flybe in 2020.

Exeter Airport has 28 UK and international destinations for 2021/22, which is more than three-quarters of what it had in early 2020.

Already this month the airport has seen flights re-start to Rhodes and Paphos, Cyprus, and year-round flights to Lanzarote, together with flights to Majorca which recommenced in July, all with TUI.

Ryanair meanwhile operates year-round flights from Exeter to Alicante and Malaga, which re-started in June.

The Belfast service will continue to operate up to four days a week with one-way prices from just £39 and a flight time of just over an hour.  Top 5 things to do in Belfast