Aer Lingus Regional takes off to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford

Aer Lingus Regional takes off to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford

East Midlands and Leeds Bradford collectively had over 295,000 passengers with flybe last year. Aer Lingus Regional, using Stobart Air’s ATR-72-600s, has stepped into the breach, with up to three daily services per route. Ellie McGimpsey, Belfast City’s Aviation Development Manager, and Ciaran Doherty, Stakeholder Liaison Manager at Tourism Ireland, celebrate the launch of both routes.

Aer Lingus Regional launched its Belfast City to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford routes today, 1 October, from its new Belfast City base.

These are the carrier’s fifth and sixth new routes from Northern Ireland’s downtown airport, with both replacing flybe.

flybe’s Belfast City – East Midlands had 139,091 passengers last year while Leeds Bradford saw 155,918, according to the UK’s CAA.

Both new routes initially operate 11-weekly, before rising to 16 later this month.  They will then have up to three daily services, with day trips possible in both directions.

Ellie McGimpsey, Belfast City’s Aviation Development Manager, said:

“East Midlands and Leeds Bradford have always been popular routes served from Belfast City Airport and we have no doubt that their return will be welcome news for many.

“These inaugural flights complete the series of new routes with Aer Lingus Regional following launches to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Manchester.”

Although these are domestic routes, we recently looked at flybe’s international routes and found that 78% are still unserved.

John Cunliffe, Aviation and Commercial Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the inaugural service with Aer Lingus Regional to Belfast City Airport.

“The connection between the two great cities of Leeds and Belfast is an important one for all travellers, simultaneously providing a reliable day return product for passengers and supporting access to the breadth of tourism opportunities available both in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.”


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