Belfast poised to announce eight new routesBack to Forum
According to this report from FlightGlobal.com eight new routes from Belfast International will be announced on Wednesday April 26.
It’s reported they will international routes but most likely short- rather than long-haul.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/belfast-international-to-gain-eight-new-routes-436455/?sfid=701w0000000uP3H&cmpid=SOC|Twitter|Flightglobal|sf72763497&CMPID=sf7276349724 Apr 2017
BBC N Ireland now saying that it will be six international routes to Europe.24 Apr 2017
My guess is that they will be low frequency bucket and spade routes. But you never know. Maybe Qatar will shock and announce a Doha route, which has been speculated before… and now with the announcement of going to Cardiff…
In one of the articles though, the airport is quoted as saying the carrier will have a “Union Jack on the tail”… again would be super surprised to see a BA return, but it could be a set of palma/ibiza/malaga type destinations from BA fitting with their other similar recent launches…24 Apr 2017
I don’t think it is BA, easyJet?
“The deal – with one of the airport’s existing low-cost carriers – was finalised as Belfast hosted a major airline conference.”24 Apr 2017
I think it will be BA City Flyer.
It currently flies into Belfast City, so that would chime with the quote that “it is an existing carrier operating into Belfast”
““We’d have no problem moving away from London City. There’s no way we’re going to be held hostage there and if the charges go up we’ll move the aircraft. That’s the great thing about aircraft – they’re portable, you can take them somewhere else.””24 Apr 2017
Surely 1 of the other 2 potential routes (given reference is now back to 8) can’t be the super low frequency cancun just announced?
Hardly an exciting new route expansion…25 Apr 2017
I’m not aware that any British airline has the Union Jack on it’s tail fin.
The nearest is probably Eastern Airways, followed by BA with it’s Chatham Dockyard design.
IIRC, Virgin used to have the Union Jack on the winglets of its aircraft, but they changed it to solid red a while ago.
So I support the metaphor hypothesis.25 Apr 2017