Belfast City Airport’s largest carrier, Emerald Airlines which operates Aer Lingus Regional, is all set to offer services to Cardiff and Southampton from its Belfast City Airport base. The airline already serves links to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow, Exeter and Manchester.

Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport commented: “Aer Lingus Regional’s base at Belfast City airport has been operational for just over three months and we are thrilled to already see its expansion in both the number of routes served by the airline and the frequency of its services.”

With the addition of the two new destinations to Cardiff and Southampton, Aer Lingus Regional will operate routes to eight of the 21 destinations on Belfast City’s network this summer. The airline is currently recruiting for positions in Dublin and Belfast in line with its anticipated continued growth.

“As we near the peak summer months, the launch of our Cardiff and Southampton services will provide those travelling from Belfast with more choice when planning their holidays,” said Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines.

“We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Cardiff and Southampton are great new connections that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights from Belfast.

The flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance. These utlra-low fuel burn aircraft emit up to 40% less CO2 on these short regional flights than equivalent regional carriers.

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