Celebrating the launch of a new Aer Lingus route to London’s Gatwick Airport from George Best Belfast City Airport were Nik Robinson, Aer Lingus cabin crew; Keith Tenn, Aer Lingus’ Sales Manager UK; Matt Wood, Gatwick Airport’s Head of Airline Relations; and Geraldine Dove-Higginson, Aer Lingus cabin crew.
- Aer Lingus resumed services to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen (CPH) from its Dublin (DUB) hub on 28 October. The Irish flag carrier now flies the route daily with its 174-seat A320s, competing with SAS’ 13 flights a week and Norwegian’s twice-weekly operations. Aer Lingus previously operated the route between October 2007 and November 2008. The airline is also making a switch in the Northern Ireland market on the same day, pulling out of Belfast International and moving to Belfast City (BHD). Now in winter, only one route will move; the three daily flights to London Heathrow (LHR), which are operated with 144-seat A319 aircraft in competition with British Airways’ 41 weekly operations. Two leisure routes, to Malaga and Faro, will relaunch next spring, but other routes are dropped. However, 28 October also saw the launch of a new route. Aer Lingus now flies from Belfast City to London Gatwick (LGW), also three times a day with A319 aircraft.