The managing director of Belfast International Airport has hailed the upcoming resumption of easyJet flights as a “welcome and reassuring sign”.
The low-cost carrier announced its initial schedule will resume on June 15, comprising mainly of flights within the UK and to France.
Further routes are set to be confirmed “over the coming weeks” as lockdown measures implemented across Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic are relaxed.
All passenger flights at Belfast International Airport have been cancelled since March following the Covid-19 outbreak.
EasyJet is set to recommence passenger flights from the Co Antrim airport across seven routes.
The airport’s managing director Graham Keddie said the news was a “welcome and reassuring sign”.
“EasyJet has informed us of its intention to recommence passenger flights from Belfast International Airport to seven destinations across the rest of the UK on June 15,” he said.
“As Northern Ireland and the UK’s largest airline, it is a welcome and reassuring sign that easyJet remains committed to its local routes and keeping Northern Ireland open and connected for business.
“We will be ready to accommodate these flights and our teams have been working round the clock to ensure that all measures will be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those who pass through the airport.
“Public safety is and must be the number one priority at all times and we will be working very closely with easyJet and the other operators who plan to commence operations soon to ensure we are all in a position to safely allow passengers back into the airport.”
Although freight flights have continued to operate at Belfast International Airport throughout the pandemic, Mr Keddie told the PA news agency last month that it is costing £60,000 a day to keep it open.
Of Northern Ireland’s three airports, there are just a small number of connections to London for passengers from Belfast City and City of Derry.