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.