Belfast Telegraph

New easyJet flights from Belfast to Venice, Naples, Valencia and Isle of Man create 45 jobs

By Emma Deighan

Airline easyJet has created 45 jobs here as it adds four new routes and a $1m (£0.75m) aircraft to its Belfast base.

The low-cost carrier will now operate six aircraft from Belfast International Airport as it flew its new A320 aeroplane in to accommodate the introduction of its new Isle of Man, Venice ,Naples and Valencia flights.

This brings the number of destinations that easyJet serves from Belfast to 32, with 600 flights per week this summer.

And there are more routes on the horizon, its country manager Ali Gayward told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Belfast Airport. It's a critical part of our network and links all of our UK airports and we want to continue to invest in Belfast moving forward."

Ms Gayward said Belfast is easyJet's second biggest operation in the UK after Luton.

"But the key thing is we are not just flying people out of Belfast, we fly travellers into the city. On our domestic flights 50% are travelling from the other end of the route because Belfast is proving to be a really attractive destination," she said.

"Our next step is to work with the tourist board to grow that knowledge to reach people in Italy, France and Spain."

Ms Gayward said there would be more announcements later this year about other new routes joining the network.

She added: "We typically make announcements twice a year and in the next few weeks we will be announcing new routes throughout the UK starting at the end of October, so watch this space."

EasyJet has flown over 55 million passengers since it launched here over 18 years ago.

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