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Belfast to Brussels flights axed after year

By Rachel Martin

Brussels Airlines has pulled its Belfast to Brussels flights less than a year after they launched, it has emerged.

The route launched at the end of March last year, just days after the Brussels terror attacks. It flew from George Best Belfast City Airport five times a week.

It marked the first time a Belgian airline had been based in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in 15 years.

The route between the two cities was expected to be popular with both tourists and business travellers, but is now being cancelled as of April 1.

Brussels Airlines, which is a member of the Lufthansa Group and Star Alliance, has no flights scheduled to leave from Belfast past the end of March. Frequent flyer Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson tweeted that he was "disappointed" by the news.

"Hope other airlines may be willing to take up this route and keep Northern Ireland connected to heart of Europe," he said.

Speaking at the time the route was launched, the airline said it was "imperative" Northern Ireland was well connected, adding that Brussels was the "heart of Europe".

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Passengers with reservations for flights from April onwards will be contacted. They will be offered refunds or alternative flight solutions."

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