EasyJet 'will open a new base' if plans are approved
Easyjet has said it will push on with plans to launch a new Belfast to Heathrow route if the airport expands. It said it would run a service from its Belfast International Airport base, after Heathrow's third runway plans were backed by the Airports Commission.
The airline's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said: "EasyJet would open a base at Heathrow enabling easyJet to provide new routes and increase competition on dozens more UK and European routes.
"This would include new services to Inverness, Isle of Man and Jersey and increased services and more competition for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast as well as new and increased services for many other key cities including Amsterdam, Geneva and Zurich."
Belfast International Airport's Graham Keddie said: "We share easyJet's view on the necessity of an expansion at Heathrow which could open up the airport to low-cost, short-haul airlines capable of providing more competition and opening new routes."
British Airways and Aer Lingus currently fly daily from Belfast City to Heathrow.