The inaugural Belfast City–Newcastle flight was welcomed by: Laurie Scott, Director of Business Development, Visit Belfast; Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager, Belfast City Airport; and Andy Mathieson, Eastern Airways’ Commercial Manager, Northern Ireland. A Jetstream 41-inspired cake was also baked for the occasion.
- Eastern Airways has doubled its network points available from Belfast City (BHD) this week adding a five times weekly operation to Newcastle (NCL), less than six months after the airline first entered the Northern Ireland market with its five times weekly service to the Isle Of Man. Eastern entered the market in March, re-establishing Northern Ireland’s only link to the island less than 48 hours after Citywing’s liquidation. Started on 1 September, the 29-seat Jetstream 41-operated service faces no direct competition on the 270-kilometre airport pair. Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: “Newcastle has always been a very popular destination for passengers and we’re delighted to once again be able to offer this route from Belfast City Airport. We have a strong track record of forming successful partnerships with our airlines, and we are thrilled that Eastern Airways has recognised the market potential through the introduction of this new route. We are confident of continuing to grow our UK and European route network further in the future. This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport, with the launch of our Newcastle route following a host of industry award successes. We were shortlisted for a World Routes Marketing Award for the second successive year.”