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£9m bailout agreed to save Belfast to New York United Airlines flights

Published 12/08/2016

A multi-million pound rescue has been agreed to retain Belfast's direct daily flights to New York
A multi-million pound rescue has been agreed to retain Belfast's direct daily flights to New York

A multi-million pound rescue has been agreed to retain Belfast's direct daily flights to New York.

According to the BBC, a massive package of £9m, is being agreed to secure Northern Ireland's only international link.

United flies direct from Belfast to New York's Newark airport.

It's been reported most of the money is coming from Stormont.

The BBC said United was set to axe the route next month.

Belfast International Airport boss Graham Keddie, told the broadcaster: "Two weeks ago we had lost it. It was a Northern Ireland team effort to get it back."

In 2011, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the New York/Newark service has been saved from the chop, after APD on long-haul flights from Northern Ireland was scrapped.

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