Emerald Airlines has confirmed that it will be relaunching the Aer Lingus Regional service at Belfast City Airport later this month. 

Emerald Airlines, which took over as regional operator from August 2021 after the former operator Stobart Air collapsed, announced that the inaugural flight will be to Birmingham and will be taking off on 24 March. 

Further details behind the relaunch 

The route from Belfast to Birmingham is the first of six planned routes that’ll be launched from 24 March.  Its 72-seater turboprop plane will be taking off for Birmingham. 

Tickets are currently on sale for the remaining five routes. 

The Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester routes are to take off from 27 March, and flights to Exeter and Glasgow are to start their first journeys from 8 May. 

Conor McCarthy, the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Airlines, spoke of his aspirations to launch additional routes from Belfast in the future:

We want to be the airline of choice for customers travelling to and from Belfast City Airport […]  We’re keen to build upon our announcement today, with more flights, destinations, and great fares to follow in the very near future.

This is the Irish airline’s first exclusive UK service, and further connections to the UK are likely with the possibility of the Midlands-based regional airline Flybe housing a second base in the Northern Irish capital. 

In what’s appearing to be a very positive and expansive year for airline travel in and from Northern Ireland, British Airways recently extended its services out of Belfast. The British airline announced in Summer 2021 additional flights to Exeter Bradford, Newquay, Exeter and the Scottish city of Glasgow. 

What do you think of the relaunch of Aer Lingus Regional? What other routes would you like to see added in the future?

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