Stobart Air has announced plans for routes connecting England’s southwestern coast and the island of Ireland this summer.

Thrice weekly flights (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) between Belfast City and Newquay airports will launch on June 28, followed by four flights per week (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) between Dublin and Exeter from August 30.

The announcement follows this week’s news that Esken (formerly the Stobart Group) is to sell Carlisle Lake District airport and Stobart Air to Isle of Man-based company Ettyl.

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Stobart Air recently called on the Irish government “to put in place a practical vaccine passport policy which will allow people who have received a complete dose of the vaccine to travel, to help restore public confidence in aviation and help air travel to resume in line with the successful rollout of vaccination programmes”.

“The aviation industry needs a clear plan for when and how air travel can safely resume in line with vaccination rollout programmes,” said Andy Jolly, managing director at Stobart Air.

“We are pleased to add Dublin-Exeter and Belfast-Newquay Cornwall to our route network, which are subject to a timeline that provides certainty for airlines, airports and customers, and which will cater for both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights.

“Stobart Air calls on the Irish Government to work with all industry stakeholders to restore confidence in aviation and facilitate the resumption of safe air travel in line with the vaccination rollout programme.

“In the immediate term this includes developing a vaccine passport procedure to allow people who have received their complete vaccine course to travel without restriction within the Common Travel Area.”,