Manchester Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from 14 September 2020 it was announced today.
Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.
The airline will operate up to 4 daily return flights from Manchester Airport to Belfast City Airport with fares starting from £29.99 one way including taxes.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, operates three routes from Manchester including Dublin, Cork and now Belfast City.
Stobart Air, following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers.
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 Manchester Airport, along with our partners, Aer Lingus we are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City to service flights to Manchester.
“High frequency day-return flights from Manchester to Belfast City Airport will cater for both business and leisure travellers for direct, convenient and cost-effective flights.
“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 Manchester from 14 September.”
Julian Carr, Aviation Director for Manchester Airport, said,
“It’s great to see that flights to Belfast City will return to Manchester Airport, giving our passengers greater choice and flexibility when accessing the capital of Northern Ireland. I imagine they will be extremely popular with both leisure and business passengers looking to access the city.
“Furthermore, the flights will also provide excellent onward connectivity for the people of Northern Ireland, who will have easy access to our international long haul network.”
Flights from Manchester to Belfast start from £29.99 one way including taxes and are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com.