Aer Lingus Regional takes off to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford
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.”
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.”