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.
Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have recently announced the launch of Aer Lingus Regional flights, increasing connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US.
The flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will commence on March 17, 2022 as Aer Lingus Regional. The move will result in Emerald Airlines flying over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at £25.99, with further route announcements to be made in the coming weeks. High-frequency routes, including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, will be served up to four times daily.
The announcement will see the re-establishment of services to regional points across the UK, including Newquay Cornwall, Exeter, and Isle of Man. Emerald Airlines will be the only airline offering these services from Ireland. The announcement adds over 60 UK – US routes on the Aer Lingus network connecting via Dublin including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.
Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said: ‘Today is about opportunities. Opportunities for our UK customers to connect with ease to Aer Lingus flights to North America and to take advantage of the US preclearance facility. Opportunities for customers across UK and Ireland as we develop the Aer Lingus regional network. And opportunities for the Irish economy and Irish aviation as we expand our hub at Dublin.
‘It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Emerald Airlines to accelerate this partnership and start operations 10 months ahead of the original schedule. ‘We are all looking forward to welcoming our customers on-board Aer Lingus Regional services, operated by Emerald Airlines.’
Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement and look forward to welcoming Emerald Airlines to Bristol Airport from Spring next year. This partnership further strengthens the air links between the South West of England and Ireland and in addition extends the opportunity of offering US transatlantic routes via Dublin Airport for customers in the region.
‘We look forward to working with Emerald Airlines in the future and continuing the joint partnership.’