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Aer Lingus to end flights between Belfast and Gatwick

Aer Lingus is discontinue it's route from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick from March next year.

The flights will end on March 27 2017. Aer Lingus apologised to customers affected by the decision.

A spokeswoman said: "Customers who had existing bookings on the route will be offered three alternative options: flights from Belfast City to London Heathrow, flights from Dublin Airport to London Gatwick or a full refund.

"Aer Lingus will communicate directly with customers about this schedule change in the coming days. While the Belfast City to Gatwick service will be discontinued Aer Lingus continues to operate a high frequency service between Belfast City and London Heathrow.

"Flights between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow will benefit from a 21% capacity increase due to the deployment of a larger A320 aircraft adding 35,000 extra seats over the 2016 summer schedule."

A Belfast City Airport spokesperson said: "This news was not entirely unexpected and was a consequence of International Airlines Group’s (IAG) purchase of Aer Lingus.

"However, the decision by Aer Lingus to significantly increase capacity on its Heathrow service will be welcomed by passengers and the wider business community, essentially providing our customers with the flexibility of nine flights daily to Heathrow with IAG companies.

"The continuing commitment by Aer Lingus in Belfast City is clear, with a new service to Alicante next year and a substantial increase in flights to Faro, Palma and Malaga for 2016.

"Belfast City Airport has a strong portfolio of partner airlines - Flybe, British Airways, KLM, Vueling, Brussels Airlines - and we will continue to invest in our facilities to ensure they exceed the expectations of all our passengers.”

A new service, operated by Ryanair, from Belfast International is rumoured to be in the works.

Belfast International would not comment on the reports.

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