Aer Lingus Regional to commence services from Belfast City Airport base
Emerald Airlines, exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, has announced it will commence services from its Belfast City Airport base later this month. The airline will operate from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow, and Exeter.
The first phase of services will commence on 24 March 2022 to Birmingham with Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester commencing on 27 March. Services from Belfast City to Glasgow and Exeter will commence from early May 2022.
Emerald’s commitment to Northern Ireland will ensure continuity of regional routes that have been operated previously by Aer Lingus and British Airways.
“Having already announced our services linking Belfast to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Exeter, we are delighted to go on sale from today with Aer Lingus and British Airways,” said Conor McCarthy, CEO Emerald Airlines. “We want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling to and from Belfast City Airport, and with today’s announcement we are well positioned to deliver on that objective. We’re keen to build upon our announcement today, with more flights, destinations, and great fares to follow in the very near future.”
Reid Moody, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Aer Lingus, commented: “Today marks another important day for Aer Lingus Regional services – it is good news for customers and good news for connectivity to / from Northern Ireland. Aer Lingus is looking forward to working with our partners at Emerald Airlines on future Aer Lingus Regional operations.”
The new routes are the result of a long-term partnership announced between Belfast City Airport and Emerald Airlines.
“This is excellent news for Northern Ireland and comes at a time when we are seeing an increasing demand for travel as we return to life without Covid restrictions,” said Matthew Hall, Chief Executive, George Best Belfast City Airport. “The Aer Lingus Regional product is one with which our customers are familiar, and we’re thrilled that flights are bookable through both Aer Lingus and British Airways for added convenience. The ability to earn and spend Avios points with both airlines will be a welcome benefit for frequent fliers. We are grateful to our airline partners for maintaining connectivity throughout the pandemic and now look forward to commencing our long-term partnership with Emerald Airlines which presents significant opportunities for additional routes and frequencies.”
Aer Lingus and British Airways services to London City and London Heathrow from Belfast City Airport remain unchanged.
Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated with the ATR72-600.