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After some turbulence, Ryanair is back at Belfast City Airport with new destinations

Margaret Canning


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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has had mixed feelings on Belfast's airports in the past. (Photo Kevin Scott)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has had mixed feelings on Belfast's airports in the past. (Photo Kevin Scott)

Kevin Scott

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has had mixed feelings on Belfast's airports in the past. (Photo Kevin Scott)

Ryanair’s return to Belfast City Airport after more than a decade to offer flights to six sunshine destinations in Spain and one each in Italy and Portugal is another twist in chief executive Michael O’Leary’s love-hate relationship with our two biggest airports.

It is great timing for Belfast City Airport to land such a big prize — exactly one year ago, it was facing the collapse of regional airline Flybe, then its biggest customer.

But rather than a complete break-up with the International after five years in a steady relationship, Ryanair will maintain its base there in the short term at least.


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