Aer Lingus Regional has launched two routes from Belfast City to Birmingham and Manchester this week, as part of an agreement to take over six former Flybe routes from the Northern Irish airport.
Both routes launched on September 14, and are being operated up to four times per day by Stobart Air’s ATR72-600 aircraft on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional.
They join services from Belfast City to Edinburgh and Exeter, as well as routes to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford which are set to launch next month.
Loganair took over Flybe’s services from Belfast City to Glasgow earlier this month, while British Airways has commenced flights between Belfast City and London City, another of Flybe’s former routes.
Commenting on the launch of flights between Belfast City and Manchester, Stobart Air’s managing director Andy Jolly said:
“We are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City Airport and to work closely with Manchester Airport, Belfast City Airport and our partners Aer Lingus to operate flights to and from Manchester.
“Stobart Air has worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline during challenging times and to position us for the future. The launch of this service is part of that.
“This new Aer Lingus Regional route will facilitate key links and connectivity between these cities and ensure we provide choice, value and convenience for our customers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this Manchester-Belfast route from today [September 14].”