Posted on: 19 April 2012 by Mark Howells
easyJet is to launch a new route from Belfast International Airport to Birmingham Airport, taking the number of easyJet destinations from Belfast International to 23.
The inaugural flight will take off from Belfast International on 22 October, initially as a daily service, and from 29 October will increase to two flights a day on weekdays, and one on Saturdays and Sundays. The new route, says the airline, reinforces its commitment to Northern Ireland and will see easyJet operating all-year round flights from Birmingham Airport for the first time.
Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager, noted, “We are delighted to be starting this new route which demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to the Northern Ireland travelling public, and reflects the growing demand for business travel to and from Belfast. Our schedule, with flights operating at peak morning and evening times, also reflects our continued focus on meeting the needs of the business traveller, as well as offering leisure travellers affordable access to the [English] Midlands.
“In the past year alone easyJet has also launched services to Manchester and, most recently, London Southend. Additionally, we will, for the first time, be flying an Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seats from Belfast to leading holiday sun spots during the peak summer period.”
Commenting on the launch of the new route, John Doran, managing director of Belfast International Airport, said, “Birmingham was an obvious gap on the departure boards at Belfast International, as evidenced by the high level of demand we have been receiving for its reinstatement. Strong business connections exist in the computer technology, engineering and hospitality sectors, to name but a few, and of course the West Midlands is home to such high-profile companies as Cadbury and Halfords.
easyJet has also announced that it is increasing its flights on the Belfast to Manchester route, with an extra third flight on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays to meet growing passenger demand. The extra flights will start during the airline’s winter schedule.