Belfast City Airport will see six new routes added as Aer Lingus launches a regional base at the airport.
The services, which will be operated by Stobart Air, will include flights to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Exeter.
It’s a much-needed boon for the airport following the loss of Flybe earlier this year.
From August 27, flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh will begin, while services to Exeter will commence on August 28. Flights to Manchester and Birmingham will operate from September 14 and to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford from October 1.
“Despite an extremely challenging environment, we’re delighted that Aer Lingus is to establish a new base and significantly enhance its UK network from Belfast City," Brian Ambrose, chief executive of Belfast City Airport, said:
“As an island off an island, air connectivity with the rest of UK is critical to the enabling the Northern Ireland economy’s recovery.
“This announcement is testament to the recent investments by our shareholder in making the airport and its facilities best in class, exceeding passengers’ expectations in a location only five minutes form the centre of Belfast.”
And David Shepherd, chief commercial officer at Aer Lingus, said: "Together with our up to three-times-daily service from Belfast City Airport to London, today’s announcement means Aer Lingus / Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air is the largest operator out of Belfast City Airport, ensuring connectivity between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Andy Jolly, managing director at Stobart Air, said: "Working with Belfast City Airport and our partners, Aer Lingus has been part of that journey and we are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City. Through six routes, we are committed to providing essential connectivity between Belfast and rest of the UK, while we will continue to be guided by the official Government guidanc