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, 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.’

Ryanair launches new Leeds Route to Vilnius, Lithuania

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low fares airline, has announced a new Leeds route to Vilnius, flying three times per week from October 26, 2020 as part of Ryanair’s British Winter 2020 schedule.

With the announcement, British travellers and tourists can book a winter getaway to Vilnius until March 2021, with a new set of health measures introduced by Ryanair. As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99, for travel from October 26 until December 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday 24th September on the website.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new Leeds route to Vilnius, from 26th October 2020, which will operate 3 times every week as part of our British Winter 2020 schedule. Customers in Leeds can now book flights to Vilnius as far out as March 2021.

‘To celebrate this new route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel from now until December 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (24th September). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto and avoid missing out.’

The new route at Leeds comes after Ryanair announced on September 15 that it would add more flights from Liverpool to Vilnius. In response to increased customer demand from both British and Lithuanian consumers, Ryanair will now fly three times weekly (+1) from Liverpool to Vilnius from October 25 as part of its Winter 2020 schedule.

Further, Ryanair said that it will extend the waiving of its flight change fee for all customers who book to travel in October and November 2020, offering more flexibly in case of any change in travel plans.

Jet2 announces new summer programme to Nice from Leeds Bradford for MIPIM 2019, the UK-based flight and holiday company, has announced that in 2019, delegates from Leeds City Region will be able to fly with from Leeds Bradford to Nice for MIPIM. will be providing direct return flights from March 11 – 15, 2019 for the 4-day real estate exhibition, conference and networking event in Cannes, following strong demand from the business community. Those wishing to find out more information about Leeds City Region’s Presence at MIPIM 2019 can visit

Besides giving delegates the chance to attend the conference, the flight on March 11 also marks the start of Jet2’s flying programme to Nice from Leeds Bradford for Summer 19, allowing local holidaymakers to fly direct to the French Riviera with and Jet2CityBreaks. Holidaymakers can book direct via or, the airline said.

Trevor Caplis, Manager – Charter and Airline Sales at said: ‘As the leading airline in Yorkshire, we are very pleased to be supporting the region by providing return flights to Nice for this major conference. Thanks to this partnership, delegates from the region will be able to fly direct from Leeds Bradford Airport on our award-winning airline, and we are confident that the flight will be a huge success.

‘As well as supporting local businesses, the flight marks the start of our Summer 19 programme to Nice, giving holidaymakers the opportunity to experience the magic of Nice and the French Riviera from Leeds Bradford Airport with and Jet2CityBreaks.’

The news comes after the recent announcement that is providing a direct flight to Nice from Newcastle Airport, both for MIPIM delegates and holidaymakers across the North East.

Earlier this year, Jet2 has announced flights and holidays to Bourgas (Bulgaria) from all nine of itsUK bases for summer 2019, and with resorts such as Sunny Beach on sale. launches new route to La Rochelle from Leeds Bradford

The UK-based airline has announced the launch of a new route to La Rochelle from Leeds Bradford Airport.

With the new route, over 5,000 seats are on sale to La Rochelle for Summer 2018 from Leeds Bradford. Flights will operate every Saturday afternoon until the end of September.

With its range of seafood restaurants, the city of La Rochelle is popular with holidaymakers. La Rochelle, with the walled old town at the heart of the city, provides access via bridge to Il de Re, an Atlantic-coast island of dunes and pine forestry.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: ‘La Rochelle is a destination that is rapidly growing in popularity with Britons, so we are delighted to launch this new route from Leeds Bradford Airport. With weekly flights operating at great times throughout the summer on our award-winning airline, we are looking forward to a very successful programme. As demand to La Rochelle increases, we will be going even bigger and better next summer, with the launch of a second route to La Rochelle from Manchester.’

Thomas Juin, Airport Manager said, ‘We are delighted with the arrival of the company at La Rochelle – Ile de Re airport. Our destination, already very appreciated by English people, is now accessible from the Leeds region in less than two hours thanks to the launch of this route. People will enjoy the sandy beaches of Ile de Re, walks, bike rides or a drink on the terraces of the old harbour of La Rochelle.’

The airline has also announced a second new route from Manchester Airport for Summer 2019. The addition of weekly Saturday flights between May and September will offer nearly 7,000 seats between La Rochelle and Manchester Airport for Summer 2019. The flights from Manchester will provide direct access to the harbour port from two UK bases next summer, and will more than double seat capacity, Jet2 said.

Ryanair announces summer 2017 schedule at Leeds Bradford

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced the launch of its biggest ever summer schedule for 2017 at Leeds Bradford Airport, with a new route to Girona, four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife.

Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule will deliver one new route to Girona and four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, all operating twice weekly. The airline has also introduced more flights to: Alicante (daily), Faro (daily), Ibiza (four weekly), Krakow (four weekly), Lanzarote (four weekly), Palma (eight weekly) and Tenerife (three weekly).

As per the schedule, the airline will operate 25 routes in total with 92 weekly flights, delivering 1.3m customers per annum. It will support 975 jobs at Leeds, as it seeks to increase Leeds traffic by over 20 per cent.

In Leeds, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, 3 months earlier than last year, which includes a new route to Girona, the continuation of our winter services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw to summer, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.3m customers p.a. and support 975 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport, as we grow our operation by over 20%.

To celebrate the launch of our Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Thursday (21 Jul). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto and avoid missing out.’

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport said: ‘We are thrilled that Ryanair are significantly increasing their capacity from Leeds Bradford in summer 2017, offering their widest ever low cost flight choice from Yorkshire’s gateway airport. With 5 new routes, including 3 to European capital cities, Ryanair’s expanded flying programme of 25 routes will deliver wider business destination choice and encourage a growth in inbound tourism to Yorkshire, while increasing the choice for leisure and city breaks for our region’s holidaymakers.

This substantial growth is fantastic news for our regional economy and highlights the continued growth and strength of the Leeds City Region alongside supporting the creation of new jobs across Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming a 20% growth in the number of passengers flying from Leeds Bradford with Ryanair next summer who can now increasingly fly from closer to home.’

Ryanair announces expansion to 2016 winter schedule from Leeds Bradford

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced further expansion to its Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule, with two new routes to Bratislava and Vilnius, in addition to Gran Canaria and Warsaw.

Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule will deliver 15 routes in total, operating 51 weekly flights. The schedule includes four new routes to Bratislava (twice weekly), Gran Canaria (twice weekly), Vilnius (twice weekly) and Warsaw (twice weekly), and a new twice weekly winter service to Faro.

The budget airline has also announced more flights to Alicante (five weekly), Krakow (four weekly), Lanzarote (three weekly) and Tenerife (three weekly). With the expansion, Ryanair is expected to help deliver 1.1m customers p.a. and support 825 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport said: ‘Ryanair’s Bratislava and Vilnius routes from Leeds Bradford Airport are a great addition to their winter schedule from LBA; both are fantastic destinations for city breaks and for business travel. We’re really pleased that Ryanair are investing further in their routes from LBA, helping to secure jobs for people across our region and provide even more route choice to our customers.’

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: ‘We are pleased to launch 2 more new routes from Leeds Bradford to Bratislava and Vilnius, as part of our winter 2016 schedule, which will deliver 1.1 million customers p.a. and support 825jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport, as we grow by over 20%. These twice weekly services will be popular with both leisure and business customers and we look forward to continuing to grow both traffic and jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.

To celebrate our new Bratislava and Vilnius routes, we are releasing seats for sale from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Monday (11 July). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto and avoid missing out.’

Ryanair offers choices for both business and leisure customers, who can now choose from 15 Leeds Bradford routes in winter 2016. As part of its ongoing ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair is also improving its customer service which includes more new routes, Business plus and Leisure Plus fares, new digital features, new cabin interiors and even more low fares, the airline said.

Aer Lingus Regional expands service at Leeds Bradford Airport

Aer Lingus Regional has introduced new flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Cork Airport in the South of Ireland last week, media reports said.

The new route, operated by Stobart Air, will operate three times weekly. The new Cork-Leeds service is expected to improve business connectivity and increase tourism visitors to the Leeds City Region.

Following the launch of the new service, Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, said: ‘Aer Lingus is delighted to offer this new route to Ireland from Leeds Bradford to Cork and since announcing the new route, bookings have been strong for both leisure and business passengers.

‘As one of Ireland’s main cities for business, culture and tourism Cork is a perfect destination for a short break or longer holiday from Leeds Bradford.

‘Equally, we are confident that Leeds will prove to be a popular destination for the Irish visiting Yorkshire for both business and leisure travel. We look forward to working with the team at Leeds Bradford in growing and developing this route.’

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development director, added: ‘We expect regional businesses to take advantage of this new route and for those wanting a short break or holiday, Cork will not disappoint. With great food and lively entertainment you can be sure of a warm welcome and for visitors looking to venture out of Cork why not visit nearby picturesque Kinsale or explore the scenic walking routes along the coast. We expect this new route to become a firm favourite for Yorkshire visitors.’

The move comes as Aer Lingus Regional seeks to increase its passenger numbers at Cork by 60,000 in 2016 as part of an expansion under which it had announced two new routes at the airport and relaunches a third at Shannon. Besides the new Cork-Leeds route, the airline had in December 2015 said that it will launch a five times a week service to Southampton from Cork.

Aer Lingus Regional also said that it will relaunch its Shannon-Edinburgh route, operating six times a week, every day except Saturday, in March 2016. It said the re-launched route will add 35,000 new seats to its Shannon services next year, rising to 45,000 in 2017.

Ryanair announces summer 2016 schedule from Leeds Bradford

Ryanair has announced the launch of its summer 2016 schedule from Leeds Bradford Airport, offering 20 routes including to Lanzarote, Malaga and Venice.

The Irish budget airline has also announced increased flight frequencies across four routes to meet passenger demand from the Yorkshire airport. Ryanair will now deliver more flights to Alicante (increased to six weekly), Gdansk (increased to four weekly), Palma (daily) and Pisa (twice weekly) and will operate 73 weekly flights in total during the peak season.

To celebrate the launch of its Leeds Bradford Summer 2016 schedule, Ryanair has released 100,000 seats for sale across its European network at fares starting from £19.99. Tickets are available for booking until midnight Monday, December 14. 

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Aviation Development Director said: ‘The increase in flight frequencies planned by Ryanair for summer 2016 are welcomed to reflect increased demand for flights from Leeds Bradford.

With earlier start dates and additional peak season capacity on a number of routes there is now additional choice for both leisure and business travellers. With an enhanced range of customer service improvements now on offer by Ryanair, there has never been a better time to fly from Leeds Bradford.’

Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Executive for the UK & Ireland, Lisa Buckley said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch our Leeds Bradford Summer 2016 schedule, with 20 routes in total and more flights on 4 routes, which will deliver 1m customers p.a. and support 750* ‘on-site’ jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.

‘Our customers can look forward to further improvements in the coming months, including our personalised website, with exciting new digital features such as ‘hold the fare’ and real customer destination reviews, under our ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, as we continue to offer so much more than just lowest fares.’

Monarch Airlines Announces Promotional Partnership with Leeds United FC

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced a partnership programme with Leeds United Football Club, and has become the official sponsor for the North Stand at Elland Road.

The airline will be leveraging sponsorship of the football club to extend its marketing activities from its newly launched hub at the airport in Leeds, UK.

The airline, which is new in the area, has launched new routes to Grenoble and Munich, commencing soon from Leeds Bradford airport, along with a new summer schedule for 2013 from the airport.

Commenting on the new partnership, the managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George said, ‘Leeds United enjoys a unique position within Yorkshire and remains one of the biggest football clubs within the UK. We have been impressed with the passion and commitment that the Club demonstrates. The scale and reach of the Clubs fan base speaks for itself and through this exciting new partnership we look forward to welcoming Leeds United fans on board our new routes from Leeds Bradford Airport.’

The chief executive officer of Leeds United, Shaun Harvey, said, ‘We are delighted that Monarch will be working with the Club to support its new routes flying from Leeds Bradford Airport.Their investment into the airport is extremely positive news for both the community and for the local economy with new jobs being created at the airport.

Through our new partnership we aim to make Monarch the first choice carrier for European flights for Leeds United fans all across the UK and will be working closely with Monarch to deliver some exciting promotional fares and competitions to our fan base over the coming months.’

The airline will be offering its services from Leeds airport with two A320 aircraft and flights commencing in March 2013. The new operations, from the North of England, will add around 200 jobs to the local economy.

Leeds Marriott Hotel Announces New Meeting Rooms

Leeds Marriott Hotel, a Marriott brand property in Leeds, UK, will soon be opening its refurbished meeting spaces for its corporate clientele and private social gatherings.

The hotel has already completed a £600,000 transformation of its bar and restaurant, and will soon be transforming two of its meeting rooms. The hotel is adding a new, large meeting room to its 326 square metre Thomas Ambler Suite. The new Trevelyan Suite will be equipped with facilities for around 100 delegates attending conferences or events. Customers can also book the new suite of rooms to host weddings and other less formal occasions.

The hotel is currently offering a total of 13 meeting rooms, covering an area of 702 square meters of total event space.

Located in Leeds city centre, the Leeds Marriott is close to the train station, the Victoria Quarter, the Royal Armouries Museum, and a number of local eateries.

The hotel is offering around 244 guest rooms with Wi-Fi Internet access, 32-inch LCD TV screens, a bar and an individual climate control. The hotel amenities include The Leisure Club, a rest and relaxation arena featuring an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a fitness centre. The neighbouring Russell Eaton Lifestyle Salon and Spa caters to the hotel guest’s spa requirements, and offers discounted prices for its range of Aveda treatments.

Currently, the hotel is offering accommodation, complimentary Internet access, executive lounge access, and a free gift, for its guests staying a Thursday night, for rates commencing from £122 per person.