Flybe reports strong demand on its newly launched City Airport routes
The airline which stepped into the breach following the departure of Ryanair from George Best Belfast City Airport has reported a positive first few days of new business.
Three new Flybe routes to Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool started on Sunday, bringing the total number of routes offered by Flybe from Belfast to 17.
The flights operate four times a day to Liverpool and twice a day to both Bristol and East Midlands.
Flybe announced its new routes, which will offer 100 additional flights a week from the airport, after Ryanair said it was pulling out of Belfast.
Andrea Hayes, Flybe's general manager of market development, said that there is strong demand from both business and tourism customers for the flights.
"Passengers have told us they are delighted that they can continue to fly direct from George Best Belfast City Airport to these destinations," said Ms Hayes.
"Northern Ireland depends on air links such as these for growth and development and we are delighted to play an important role in providing connectivity throughout the UK and beyond.
"We are delighted to be able to take over these three crucial routes.
"We recognise that for a country such as Northern Ireland which depends so much on air links for its economic, social and tourism wellbeing, that reliability and dependability are key factors towards growth and development," she explained.
"Flybe has been serving the community in Northern Ireland for over 26 years.
"We are wholly committed to continue providing comprehensive connectivity throughout the UK and beyond to convenient destinations at competitive prices with maximum flexibility and choice."