Cardiff Airport has announced the resumption of flights to the key UK domestic destination of Belfast in Northern Ireland, with services from Aer Lingus and its partner Emerald Airlines.
Emerald Airlines, the exclusive Aer Lingus Regional operator, will link the two capital cities five times weekly starting from July 7. Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are now on sale and available to book at aerlingus.com, with fares starting from £39.99.
The key attractions of the City of Belfast include the recently opened Game of Thrones Studio Tour in nearby Banbridge, the Titanic Belfast and the natural beauty of the Giant’s Causeway near Coleraine. The Emerald Airlines opened its base at Belfast City earlier this year.
‘Thanks a million to Emerald Airlines for announcing that it will restart the critical connection between Cardiff and Belfast under the Aer Lingus banner,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager at Cardiff Airport. ‘It’s great that our customers looking to fly between Wales and Northern Ireland no longer have to travel via England. The schedule and days of the week that flights are being operated are fantastic – whether you’re catching up with friends and relatives, needing to travel between the two cities for work, or for tourists visiting Belfast to enjoy the craic.’
Commenting on the announcement, Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As we near the peak summer months, the launch of our Cardiff services will provide those travelling to Belfast with more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.
We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Cardiff is a great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’