British Airways to resume operations from Birmingham Airport

British Airways has said that it will resume operations form Birmingham Airport with a flight service to be introduced between Belfast and Birmingham.

The flights will operate twice daily, increasing to three times a day on a Thursday and Friday.

The flights will be operated using an Embraer 190 with capacity of 98 seats. Customers can book on BA.com from today with travel between October 31, 2021 and March 26, 2022.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer which operates the routes, said: ‘This year has shown how much customers want to stay connected with the rest of the UK. We’re sure this route will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday, as well as those visiting friends and relatives.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport commenting on the new flights, said: ‘It is great to welcome back British Airways to Birmingham after three years absence. We know that the tail fin will be a welcome sight to many of Birmingham’s customers. This route ensures even more choice for travel to Belfast from Birmingham and with plans to grow the schedule adds to the flexibility of travel. Customers can also be reassured that flights are covered by the airlines flexible booking policy.’

Customers booking with British Airways can benefit from the airline’s flexible booking policy. Customers will be able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change.

British Airways launches new services from Belfast with routes to Exeter, Leeds Bradford, Newquay and Glasgow

British Airways has announced the launch of four new domestic routes from Belfast this summer, providing key links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK at a time when booking a holiday abroad remains uncertain.

Over the next few months, the airline will start to operate 18 flights a week between George Best Belfast City Airport and Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Newquay airports.

Starting from June 16, 2021, British Airways will operate flights from Belfast City to Exeter on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and to Leeds Bradford on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will operate services from Belfast City to Cornwall Newquay starting from July 3, 2021, twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday; while the new Belfast City- Glasgow service will be operated starting August 2, 2021 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The new routes will run alongside existing British Airways services between Belfast and London City and London Heathrow airports. The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers can book via ba.com, with return fares from Belfast to these new destinations starting from £48 each way.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new routes, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce these new services from Belfast, which will enhance our regional network and maintain vital connections between Northern Ireland and other key UK destinations.

‘We’re sure these routes will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday this summer, as well as those visiting friends and relatives, and we’ll continue to listen to their feedback about where they want to travel.’

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Continuity on these services is excellent news for domestic connectivity to and from Northern Ireland. Operated by Embraer 190 jets, these routes will greatly complement the existing British Airways services to London Heathrow and London City enabling passengers to enjoy the excellent British Airways experience to a greater number of destinations.’

easyJet launches first flight from Bournemouth to Belfast

easyJet has announced the launch of its new service between Bournemouth and Belfast, marking the launch of more convenient connectivity this summer between the South of England and cities across the UK.

The flight to Belfast is the first of two new domestic easyJet routes from Bournemouth launching this summer, the other being Edinburgh, which launched on May 27. Both routes will operate twice weekly, with Belfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Edinburgh operating on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £40.99 per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to have operated the first flight today and to be increasing our services from Bournemouth Airport. With the addition of the two new summer routes from Bournemouth, our customers now have more travel choices in the region for those looking to take a long-awaited summer break.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The launch of domestic air connectivity between the South of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a milestone moment for Bournemouth Airport. The long-awaited return to flying is wonderful news for business and leisure passengers, giving a boost to the regional economy and enabling holidaymakers to take welcome ‘staycation’ breaks in Bournemouth, Belfast and Edinburgh – some of the UK’s most popular destinations.’

easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline’s network which spans 35 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

easyJet announces new summer routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh

easyJet has announced two new domestic routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh, offering customers in the Dorset region more domestic connections this summer to book a UK summer break.

The new flights will operate up to twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays to Belfast from May 26, and on Thursdays and Sundays to Edinburgh, with flights scheduled to take off from May 27, 2021 and continue throughout the summer. Flights are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares available from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We’re delighted to offer two new domestic services from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh for the first time and are pleased to provide our customers in the region more choice for those looking for a long-awaited summer break. We remain committed to offering great value fares and more choice when for customer flying with us.

‘Our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday, and while the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on long-awaited holiday to remember.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The addition of Edinburgh and Belfast with easyJet rounds off an exciting week for Bournemouth Airport and the Dorset region, following the launch of our 2021-22 summer/winter schedule which now includes 32 destinations in 14 countries. We’re delighted to extend our flying programme with easyJet, with domestic routes in high demand for staycations and business links, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

easyJet and easyJet holidays have introduced flexible customer policies under a ‘Protection Promise’. This includes a Refund Guarantee for flights or holidays if they are cancelled plus a full refund for holidays if a customer changes their plan up to 28 days before. With the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure, and change a holiday up to 28 days before departure. If quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance also means impacted flights can be changed without a change fee. All holidays are covered under easyJet holidays’ Covid commitments if holidays cannot happen or are impacted by restrictions.

Eastern Airways to restart Cardiff-Belfast route in January

Eastern Airways is set to introduce its first ever service from Cardiff Airport to Belfast City Airport in January, as Wales regains its air service connection to Northern Ireland.

The UK-based regional airline will commence services from January 11, 2021 between the two cities, which will be the only air service linking Wales with Ireland, and is a former route operated by Flybe. The airline will operate daily weekday and a Sunday service, with fares starting from £79.99 one-way, including taxes and charges. The flights are now available to book at www.easternairways.com and include 15kg of hold baggage.

Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial & Operations for Eastern Airways, said: ‘The introduction of a Belfast City service from Cardiff is one so many have been asking for so connectivity between Wales and Northern Ireland is in-place as the appetite for travel increases. Eastern Airways is all about supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places, so adding further services at hubs we already serve is another crucial part in the economic recovery and prosperity of Wales and Northern Ireland.’

Spencer Birns, Interim CEO at Cardiff Airport said: ‘Today’s announcement is a hugely positive step and we are delighted that Eastern Airways has stepped in to re-instate a regular service between Cardiff and Belfast, offering vital connectivity between Wales and Northern Ireland.

‘Belfast has been one of our most in-demand routes since Flybe entered administration for both customers travelling for work, or to visit friends and family. We’d like to thank Eastern Airways for their continued confidence in regional connectivity from Cardiff.’

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, added: ‘Today’s announcement that Belfast City Airport will once again operate flights to Cardiff is not only a positive development for the airport itself, but also extremely welcome news for passengers who regularly travel to Wales..

‘Despite the challenging aviation environment of recent months, we continued exploring options to secure connectivity with the Welsh capital, and we’re very happy that our partner Eastern Airways has committed to this service.’

Aer Lingus Regional announces new service to Belfast city from Birmingham

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced the launch of its new route from Birmingham to Belfast.

Starting September 14, the airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport. Flights from Birmingham to Belfast start from £29.99 one way including taxes and are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com. Stobart Air will also now base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

Aer Lingus Regional currently operates four routes from Birmingham including Dublin, Cork, Shannon and now Belfast City.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Stobart Air has given customers the chance to fly to Belfast City Airport again direct from Birmingham Airport. This much needed domestic route comes under the Common Travel Area, ensuring customers can move easily and freely between England and Northern Ireland. The convenience of this route will appeal to both business and leisure customers needing direct access to the Emerald Isle.’

Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said: ‘We are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City Airport and to work closely with Birmingham Airport, Belfast City Airport and our partners Aer Lingus to operate flights to and from Birmingham.

‘Stobart Air has worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline during challenging times and to position us for the future. The launch of this service is part of that.

‘This new Aer Lingus Regional route will facilitate key links and connectivity between these cities and ensure we provide choice, value and convenience for our customers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this Birmingham-Belfast route from today.’

In accordance with the guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stobart Air has implemented enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers from the risks of Covid 19.

Birmingham Airport announces Birmingham – Belfast City route from September 14

Birmingham Airport has announced the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from September 14, 2020.

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport with fares starting from £29.99 one way including taxes. Flights are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com.

Aer Lingus Regional operates four routes from Birmingham including Dublin, Cork, Shannon and now Belfast City. Stobart Air will also open a new base at Belfast City Airport, locating five ATR72-600 aircraft at the airport.

In line with the guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stobart Air has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers. New measures include enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures for the aircraft cabin, which are in addition to the existing aircraft cleaning schedule. Each aircraft, including seats, armrests and tray tables will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses for 24 hours.

Further, on board measures include mandatory face coverings or masks on all flights operated by Stobart Air for customers and cabin crew respectively, with the exception of small children and those who are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons. In addition in-flight service will be suspended to reduce interaction between crew and passengers.

At the airport, Stobart Air has introduced new boarding and disembarkation procedures to reduce passenger interaction. Passengers will board and disembark the aircraft in small groups and according to seat row numbers. At the boarding gate, customers will scan their own boarding card and show their passport or ID to the staff member, making this process contactless.

Commenting on the announcement, Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said: ‘As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Stobart Air has been challenged and we have worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline and to position us for the future, once restrictions ease and passenger demand increases.

‘Working with Belfast City Airport and Birmingham Airport, along with our partners, Aer Lingus we are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City to service flights to Birmingham.

‘We continuously strive to provide our passengers with frequent, convenient and affordable services. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route from Birmingham from 14 September.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said, ‘This is really fantastic news for Birmingham Airport and the Midlands region. Belfast City has always been a popular route due to the location of the airport and strength of business and leisure traffic between the two cities. After such a challenging year, we are delighted to receive the news that Stobart Air has chosen to expand its network into Birmingham, and we look forward to welcoming the fights starting in September.’

Jet2 announces more flights to Canaries from Belfast International Airport

The UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced more seats and holidays for Summer 2020 in the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in response to extra demand from Northern Ireland holidaymakers.

Jet2 said that it has added 10,000 departing seats to Tenerife and around 10,000 departing seats to Lanzarote. The latest expansion would mean that nearly 130,000 seats will be on sale to the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in Summer 2020, an increase of 33 percent on Summer 19.

With 11 weekly flights to the Canary Islands, the expansion includes additional weekly Monday services to Tenerife from May through to October, as Jet2 will operate up to four weekly services to Tenerife during this period. An additional Tuesday service will be added to Lanzarote from May through to October, offering up to three weekly flights to this popular Canary Islands hotspot.

In addition to the services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, Jet2 will also offer two weekly services to both Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from Belfast International Airport for Summer 2020.

Other key highlights on Jet2’s Summer 2020 programme include: over 50 departing weekly flights during peak periods, increased seats to sunshine favourites Palma (Majorca), Malaga, Malta and Reus (Costa Dorada); weekly services to Antalya and Izmir on top of twice weekly services to Dalaman, Turkey.

Further, over 10,000 seats will be on sale to Cyprus, weekly services will be operated to the Greek sun spots in Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes or Zante, increased choice and flexibility to hotspots such as Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Girona (Costa Brava), Ibiza and Menorca; up to five weekly services to Faro (Algarve, with flights on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; services every Sunday to Naples, from April until November; and a weekly Tuesday service to Bourgas (Bulgaria) operating on larger aircraft.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We have responded quickly to extra demand for flights and holidays to Tenerife and Lanzarote, by adding more of our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays for Summer 20 from Belfast International Airport. This means holidaymakers in the region now have even more choice and flexibility when it comes to getting some summer sun.’

Loganair announces new Carlisle route to Belfast

Loganair has announced plans to commence a new service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Carlisle Lake District Airport starting July 2019, an online report said.

The Belfast – Carlisle route will operate five flights per week on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 4, 2019. The service will be operated on a 33 seat Saab 340 aircraft.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘There is significant demand from both business and leisure passengers in Northern Ireland for an affordable air link to the Lake District and southern Scotland, and we are therefore delighted to welcome both a new route and a new airline.

‘The route will connect the local market with major businesses in Cumbria and provide a gateway to the stunning Lake District.

‘The Loganair service will accommodate affordable and convenient access to the region whilst being of strategic importance to Belfast City Airport where developing our route network remains a primary aim.’
Kay Ryan, Commercial Director at Loganair said:’ We’re extremely pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale linking Belfast City Airport and Carlisle Lake District.

‘With journey times of less than one hour, the Lake District is a fantastic holiday destination so the schedule is designed to offer flexibility when choosing travel plans. Equally, we anticipate strong interest from passengers in Carlisle and the Scottish Borderlands eager to spend time in Northern Ireland.

‘The region’s economy is also thriving, and this new route provides the opportunity to do business in Carlisle’s lucrative engineering, manufacturing and logistics industries.’

Flights can now be booked at www.loganair.co.uk with one way fares starting at £39.99, including taxes and charges as well as a 20kg checked baggage allowance, the report said.

Jurys Inn transforms Belfast city hotel for enhanced customer service

Jurys Inn has completed a GBP9.1m major renovation programme at its Belfast city hotel.

As part of the programme, Jurys Inn Belfast completed major bedroom and public area upgrades, including a new look bar and restaurant and improvements to the check-in experience.

The hotel received an 80-bedroom extension, increasing hotel capacity by 42 percent with the hotel now offering 270 bedrooms in total. The new bedrooms have each been decorated with an individual wall mural of iconic Northern Ireland landmarks. All bedrooms now feature the exclusive Dream bed by Jurys Inn, and also include a flat screen TV, large workspace with an ergonomic chair, en suite bathroom, complimentary toiletries and more. Upgraded technology has also been introduced to the bedrooms, allowing for contactless key card entry.

Ryan Foster, General Manager of Jurys Inn Belfast, said: ‘We’re very excited to announce the completion of our refurbishment following a massive £9.1 million investment. We have completely transformed the hotel while also adding a brand new 80 bedroom extension. We look forward to welcoming guests and locals alike, and hope they love the hotel’s new look as much as we do. Whether it’s for a weekend away or a business trip, we’re certain you will find everything you need here at Jurys Inn Belfast.’

The hotel’s new-look bar and restaurant offers contemporary dining. ‘The Kitchen’ menu includes a wide range of food options served throughout the day ranging from artisan pizzas and burgers to steaks and salads. Guests can enjoy a rich, freshly brewed coffee from the hotel’s all-day Costa Coffee bar.

The hotel’s lobby, restaurant and bar areas have been refurbished to offer new decor with contemporary furnishings. Further, new self-check-in kiosks and a new connectivity area have also been introduced to the hotel lobby. Guests can now easily set-up their laptops in the area to work remotely, while availing of the hotel’s complimentary high-speed WiFi. The lobby area has also been revamped with a brand new ‘Off the Shelf’ shop that stocks a selection of drinks, snacks and travel necessities.