bmibaby has unveiled two additional aircraft at Belfast City Airport plus seven new European routes.
The new flights will go on sale today to Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Ibiza for summer 2012, plus a new year round service to Amsterdam and new flights to Geneva for winter 2011.
Julian Carr, managing director, bmibaby, said:
“We are committed to flying from Northern Ireland and will base two additional aircraft at Belfast City Airport in order to offer a more comprehensive flying programme.
“bmibaby will be the only low cost airline to operate the new routes directly from Belfast City Airport and this will make getting away for a sunshine, ski or city break more accessible from Northern Ireland.
“The new routes build on our recent launch of the Belfast City to Stansted service, and the relocation from Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Airport. Our new European flights perfectly complement our existing offering and bmi's strategically important Heathrow service.
“We are proud to offer people even more choice and flexibility plus great bmibaby service and low fares.”
Welcoming the bmibaby decision, Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport said:
“This is the most significant announcement in Belfast City Airport’s recent history and is a welcome reward to all the staff who work tirelessly to make this airport world class.
“Direct European routes have long been an ambition of this airport and we believe strongly that our growing customer base throughout Northern Ireland will avail of the bmibaby services.
"These are exciting times for Belfast City Airport and the wider tourism and local economy, especially ahead of the Titanic celebrations in 2012.”
The Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Ibiza routes will start flying in summer 2012, the fights to Geneva from winter of this year and the Amsterdam route will start this October.