Easyjet to launch Manchester-Belfast route

31 Mar 2011 by BusinessTraveller

The low-cost carrier will launch twice-daily flights to Belfast International on October 31, and will also switch its Luton-Belfast service back from Belfast City to Belfast International from May 9.

Flights will depart Belfast at 0710 and 2025 Monday to Friday (0815 and 1930 on Saturday, and 0740 and 1915 on Sunday), and from Manchester at 0840 and 1855 Monday to Friday (0645 and 2100 on Saturday, and 0910 and 2045 on Sunday).

Bmibaby and Flybe both serve Manchester from Balefast City airport.

Easyjet has also announced that from May 9 it will switch its London Luton flights back from Belfast City to Belfast International, having moved the service to Belfast City in January 2010 (see online news October 15, 2009).

At the time Easyjet said the move was to "assess if Easyjet passengers find a benefit in flying to an airport closer to the City of Belfast when travelling on shorter routes", but has now concluded that “it makes commercial sense” to return to Belfast International, from where the carrier operates 20 other routes, including London Stansted and Gatwick.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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