Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014 lands at City airport

Airline has chosen George Best Belfast City Airport as its first permanent base outside the Isle of Man as it launches a twice daily Belfast to Cork service. Noel Hayes, chairman of, welcomed the news with an Ulster fry and a pint of Murphy’s, a stout brewed in Cork, accompanied by Katy Best, business development director at the airport and Miss Northern Ireland, Lori Moore

Airline has announced it is to operate flights from George Best Belfast City Airport in the wake of Ryanair’s withdrawal. is expanding its presence in Northern Ireland and launching a new twice daily service from Belfast to Cork.

The move more than doubles the size of’s presence here and will create jobs in the region — particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors. From October 31,, which carries 100,000 passengers a year, will move all Northern Ireland operations from Belfast International Airport to its new base at Belfast City Airport.

Noel Hayes, chairman of said the airline was expanding despite overall passenger numbers declining.

“Whilst challenging for the industry, these changes have presented opportunities for smaller companies like our own which are nimble enough to respond successfully to these fast-moving market dynamics.” he said.

Katy Best, business development director at George Best Belfast City Airport welcomed the news: “Cork is a popular route, particularly with our business passengers and it is important this link to the south of Ireland has been re-established,” she said.

“Belfast City Airport is currently the fastest growing airport in the UK year to date, and this new route from Manx2 is welcome news for our growing passenger base.”

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