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New operator for the Belfast-Manchester air link

Ireland’s newest airline will begin flights between Belfast City Airport and Manchester later this month.

Emerald Airlines is the exclusive operator of Irish airline Aer Lingus Regional and shares codes with Aer Lingus and British Airways, meaning passengers can book through them, and also earn and burn Avios and Tier points in within the framework of the Executive Club of British Airways and Aer Lingus. ‘ AerClub programs.

Emerald will operate a three-times-daily service between the two airports from March 27, using an ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft.

The route had been operated on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional by Carlisle-based Stobart Air, which collapsed in June last year. He blamed the pandemic, which he said “has brought air travel to a virtual halt”.

Conor McCarthy, CEO of Emerald Airlines, said: “We want to be the airline of choice for customers traveling to and from Belfast City Airport, and with today’s announcement we are well positioned. to reach this goal. We look forward to continuing our announcement today, with more flights, destinations and great fares to follow in the very near future.

Reid Moody, Director of Strategy and Planning at Aer Lingus, said: “Today marks another important day for Aer Lingus’ regional services – it’s good news for customers and good news for connectivity to/from Northern Ireland. Aer Lingus looks forward to working with our partners at Emerald Airlines on future Aer Lingus regional operations. »

Matthew Hall, Managing Director of George Best Belfast City Airport, said: ‘This is great news for Northern Ireland and comes at a time when we are seeing increasing demand for travel as we come back to life without COVID restrictions.

“The Aer Lingus Regional product is one our customers are familiar with, and we are delighted that flights can be booked through Aer Lingus and British Airways for added convenience.”

And Karen Smart, chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: “Connectivity between Manchester and Belfast is vital to the tourism industry in both cities, for those with friends and family from the across the Irish Sea, and also opens up our wider itinerary. network across four continents in one stop for travelers to Northern Ireland.

Fares for the new service start at £36.99 each way, on a return basis.