Aer Lingus Regional begins Belfast City to Birmingham and Manchester
The routes complement its existing services to Edinburgh and Exeter, and they’ll join East Midlands and Leeds Bradford when they begin on 1 October.
Five Stobart Air ATR-72-600s will operate all six routes.
Birmingham (364 kilometres) and Manchester (275) were the largest of flybe’s former routes from the Northern Ireland airport.
Manchester had 276,000 two-way passengers last year and Birmingham 270,000, the UK’s CAA shows. Together, they accounted for over half of the traffic generated by the six routes that Aer Lingus Regional is introducing.
Katy Best, Belfast City’s Commercial Director, said: “Birmingham and Manchester have always been popular routes served from Belfast City Airport, heavily utilised by both business and leisure audiences, as well as the student market, so it is great to have this connectivity secured once again.”