easyJet announces new routes from Southampton to Glasgow and Belfast

easyJet has recently announced that introduction of two new year-round routes from Southampton to Belfast and Glasgow, which will be launched this winter.

The new easyJet flights to Belfast International Airport will launch from October 29, 2023 with departures three times a week on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, while flights to Glasgow will take off from November 2, 2023 and will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We’re delighted to announce this new route today from Glasgow to Southampton which will provide customers in Scotland even with greater connectivity across the UK, enabling people to explore more of the fantastic destinations the UK has to offer, reconnect with loved ones and do business.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline in Scotland where we remain committed to strengthening our unrivalled short-haul network and the launch of this new route demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel in the UK, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, which owns Southampton Airport, said: ‘EasyJet’s plans to operate services to our sister airport in Glasgow and Belfast International this winter is fantastic news for our customers in Southampton and the wider Central South region.

‘These additional services will deliver more choice and flexibility for passengers looking to visit Scotland’s largest city and the Northern Irish capital.’

The easyJet service from Southampton complements the daily service to Glasgow currently operated by Loganair, and the daily flights to George Best Belfast City Airport currently operated by Aer Lingus. The Belfast route will operate using one of easyJet’s 186-seat A320 aircraft, while a 156-seat A319 will be used on the Glasgow service.

Aer Lingus Regional commences new services to Newcastle and Isle of Man from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional, which is operated by Emerald Airlines, has recently increased connectivity to Belfast City Airport by starting new services to and from Newcastle and the Isle of Man.

Operated by an ATR-72, the new Newcastle route flies daily.

Chris Ion of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are pleased to welcome Aer Lingus Regional’s daily service between Newcastle and Belfast City Airport. This investment provides convenient and flexible access to the heart of Belfast, as well as increasing opportunities for the attraction of inbound tourists to the North East of England.’

Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Since the first Aer Lingus Regional flights operated by Emerald Airlines took off in spring 2022, we have seen the airline grow its route network from Belfast City Airport in response to sustained high demand.

‘We have no doubt that these new routes to Newcastle and the Isle of Man will also prove hugely popular, and we look forward to continuing and developing our successful partnership.’

Aer Lingus Regional also commenced a new service linking Belfast City with the Isle of Man from April 24. The route will initially be operated four times per week, increasing to six weekly flights for the peak summer season.

‘We are delighted to be bolstering our Belfast City schedule by adding a new link between Belfast and the Isle of Man,’ said Conor McCarthy Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City added: ‘This new service to Isle of Man will be the 13th Aer Lingus route from Belfast City providing excellent choice for passengers this summer.

‘The airline will also operate new routes to East Midlands, Jersey, Newcastle and Newquay. This is in addition to its existing services to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Southampton.’

With the airline gradually boosting its summer 2023 schedule, it will be adding 200,000 extra seats from Belfast City Airport as it already operates flights to Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton from its Belfast hub.

Aer Lingus Regional expands services between Birmingham And Belfast

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional Services, has announced that the airline will increase its frequency of flights between Birmingham Airport and Belfast City Airport.

The airline will now operate up to five daily flights on weekdays, being particularly convenient for those travelling for business purposes.

Since services on the route commenced in March 2022, the airline has increased seats to meet rising demand, particularly from business customers looking for choice and flexibility of flight timings. Tickets are on sale now via www.aerlingus.com with fares starting at £34.99 one-way as part of a return trip.

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘Having received positive feedback since starting our Birmingham-Belfast City operations, we are pleased to be providing customers with even more options when travelling between the two cities. We foresee these additional flight times to be particularly popular amongst those travelling for business purposes, and we look forward to offering that increased customer convenience.

The investment of additional capacity on the route further confirms the economic significance of the Birmingham region, and in particular their links to Northern Ireland.’

Tom Screen, aviation director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled the BHX-Belfast City route is providing so popular. Aer Lingus Regional services deliver exactly what their customers want – a formula which has served them well to date and will continue to long into the future.’

Emerald Airlines will operate the ATR72-600 aircraft to service the flights between Birmingham and both Belfast City and Dublin. The ATR72-600 series is the latest generation of turboprop aircraft, boasting low fuel burn that emits up to 40 percent less CO2 (carbon dioxide) on these regional flights.

Ryanair to launch four new Belfast routes for Summer 2023

Following its return to Belfast with the introduction of 12 new routes back in July, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is now launching four additional routes from the Northern Ireland capital for the spring and summer seasons.

The new flights will operate to Hungary, Wales, and Spain next year. Belfast International Airport was planned to be home to two Ryanair aircraft, but two more will soon join to cater to the growing route network.

Commenting on the Belfast expansion’s impact on further job creation of approximately 800 direct and indirect open vacancies in Belfast, Ryanair’s director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said ‘Every time we base an aircraft in an airport, it means it starts and finishes its stay there. That creates direct employment in terms of cabin crew and pilots, that’s over 60 direct jobs for those roles. We then have supporting staff and ground handling, airport staff, and then there’s the transfers and taxis to shops and hotels, a trickle-down effect of creating local jobs.’

A direct Ryanair flight, FR9597, will connect Northern Ireland and Hungary, currently scheduled to be twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Flights will commence on March 27, with airfare prices starting from £36.99 ($44.58).

The new route from Belfast to Cardiff will also operate on a twice-weekly schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29, from £29.99 ($36.15).

Ryanair’s new Spanish connection from Belfast will operate direct flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29. Airfare prices will start from £31.99 ($38.56).

The fourth new route addition from Belfast International Airport will be another Spanish connection to Valencia, but it will only commence on May 4, operating once a week every Thursday. So far, the lowest airfare price for this route is £31.99 ($38.56).

easyJet announces new summer route to Rhodes from Belfast International Airport

easyJet has announced that it will launch a new summer route between Belfast and the popular Greek island of Rhodes for summer 2023.

The new route between Belfast and Rhodes is scheduled to launch on June, 2023, with twice weekly departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Seats go on sale at easyJet.com and via the mobile app from December 7.

The airline has also has announced its plans for expansion at Belfast International Airport, with the addition of a new Airbus A320 family aircraft. The new 186-seat A320neo aircraft will be based in Belfast throughout the summer season, and it joins three 156-seat Airbus A319, two 186-seat A320 and two 186-seat A320neo aircraft already serving the airline’s customers in Belfast.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘I am delighted to be announcing our plans for expansion at Belfast International Airport today. The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver growth in Belfast and offer customers an even wider range of destinations, like our new route to Rhodes, which will provide our customers in Northern Ireland a direct connection to one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations this summer, all with low fares and great service.

‘We know that holidays are important to people, not only does travelling connect friends and family but it offers a wealth of benefits, from promoting wellbeing to experiencing new cultures. The results of our survey revealed today just go to show what a priority it is for people, with so many determined to protect their holidays. With our low fares and unrivalled European network, easyJet is ideally placed to offer a fantastic value and great quality holiday that people don’t have to compromise on. It is fantastic to see that so many consumers plan to travel next year already, and we look forward to welcoming them onboard.’

Additionally, easyJet holidays operates to over 100 hotels in Rhodes. All beach holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, flights, hotels and transfers, and are covered by the easyJet holidays Protection Promise. The package holiday provider has recently launched its Summer 2024 season enabling customers to plan and book their holidays in advance, until October 31, 2024.

Eastern Airways announces new service to Belfast International from Southampton

Eastern Airways has announced the launch of a new daily service between Southampton and Belfast International.

The new daily Southampton-Belfast flights will commence on Thursday February 9, in time for the half-term break. This compliments the multi daily Southampton to Manchester and Southampton to Dublin services at Eastern Airways’ south-coast base.

Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways, said: ‘This is a major step in growing connectivity to the North of Ireland from our Southampton base. The recent reduction in operator capacity and choice from Belfast airports and a growing network and ambition of Belfast International Airport offers an opportunity to meet the burgeoning demand for connecting the two nations, especially with such strong onward connectivity. This welcome addition to the domestic network at Southampton and Belfast International will aid those who travel for business, visit friends and family or seek a welcome city or leisure break.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of this first-ever daily service to Belfast International Airport from Southampton is tremendous news.

‘Belfast is both a fantastic city-break destination and the ideal base to explore Northern Ireland, so I’m sure our passengers will be keen to take full advantage of Eastern Airways’ new route when it launches in February.

‘Equally, we look forward to welcoming those passengers from across the Irish Sea who are keen to visit Southampton and all the city and the wider region has to offer.’

Belfast International Airport’s Business Development Director Uel Hoey, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Eastern Airways as a new airline customer to Belfast International Airport (BIA), and are particularly pleased to be able to offer a strong south coast link to the majority of travellers in our locality who prefer to use Belfast International Airport as their conduit for both business and leisure travel.

The new Belfast service will be operating on a low-carbon emission 72-seat ATR aircraft. Tickets can be booked directly at www.easternairways.com for seat-only or via the travel partners for package options.

Aer Lingus Regional to operate Cornwall-Belfast flights from Summer 2023

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that Aer Lingus Regional, will commence a new link to Belfast City from Summer 2023.

With a four-times weekly service, the Irish carrier will start operations from April 3, 2023, adding nearly 14,000 seats during the peak season.

Improving the Cornish airport’s connectivity, Aer Lingus Regional has also confirmed an increased frequency of its Dublin service from its existing four-times weekly to daily service starting next summer, expanding connections to the carrier’s transatlantic flights from Dublin.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Smith, Head of Commercial, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘It’s fantastic that Aer Lingus Regional sees the potential of not only increasing the frequency of our Dublin connection, but also adding a new destination to Belfast for our passengers. We expect fantastic results from both routes next year due to the enhancement of destination options available to those wishing to fly from Cornwall.’

‘The new routes also increase opportunity for overseas markets to reach us with ease, helping us support Cornish tourism,’ Smith added.

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘We are delighted to be bolstering our services to and from Newquay. We have been very pleased with the feedback we’ve received since commencing our Dublin-Newquay service, and believe Belfast-Newquay is a great new connection for both business and leisure travellers.’

Further, passengers will be able to fly from Cornwall to North America, via Dublin, with smooth connections possible to Aer Lingus’ network of 16 direct routes, including major destinations such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto. Also, passengers will be able to complete US Immigration pre-clearance in Dublin before boarding connecting flights, saving time and clearance on arrival.

Cardiff Airport resumes service to Belfast with Aer Lingus

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.’

Southampton Airport announces new Belfast City route with Emerald Airlines

Southampton Airport has announced the introduction of a brand new carrier as Emerald Airlines is starting a new service to Belfast City Airport.

Operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, Emerald Airlines will operate daily flights from July 7, linking Hampshire’s airport directly to the heart of the Northern Irish capital.

Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations for Southampton Airport said: ‘We are really pleased that Aer Lingus Regional partner Emerald Airlines will now operate flights to Belfast City.

‘The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute between the south coast and the Northern Irish Capital.’

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As the peak summer months are fast approaching, the launch of our Southampton services will provide those travelling to Belfast with even 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 Southampton is another great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft that emit up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Customers who book onto these routes operated by Emerald Airlines through www.ba.com or www.aerlingus.com can also earn and spend Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club and Aer Lingus’ AerClub programme.

New Flybe to operate three routes from Southampton Airport for summer

Flybe Ltd, one of the UK’s newest airlines, will launch two summer routes to France and daily flights to Belfast from Southampton Airport.

Beginning July 28, Flybe will operate a twice-daily service to Belfast City Airport. The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon will operate once a week from July 23 and 24 respectively.

Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: ‘We are delighted to now be out for sale and starting service next month. We think our new flights will benefit everyone who wants low fares and more flights to go on holiday and visit loved ones. Our new network will also ensure better regional connectivity inside the UK and between various UK and EU regions.’

Pflieger added: ‘Our goal is to create an airline that people love, and we aim to do that by making air travel on Flybe an easy and enjoyable experience so you will fly with us again in the future. The new Flybe team has worked tirelessly over the past year to create an airline that delivers on price, schedule, and choice.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: ‘The re-emergence of Flybe as an airline is welcome news for the industry and our passengers as we continue to rebuild the vital connectivity the regions we serve rely on.

‘We are pleased to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s capital, while weekly flights to Avignon and Toulon should prove popular with travellers heading to France this summer.’