New Air Services Announced For Belfast City, Cork And Dublin Airports
New air services have been announced for Belfast City, Cork and Dublin airports.
Belfast City Airport Services
A statement published on Belfast City Airport's and Aer Lingus's website said, "Aer Lingus and Belfast City Airport are pleased to announce that from 31 October, Aer Lingus will significantly increase its services from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow, Manchester, and Edinburgh.
"Belfast City to Manchester will increase from its current daily schedule to twice daily flights; Belfast City to London Heathrow will gain a further two services bringing it to the full 21 flights per week as operated pre-pandemic; and Belfast City to Edinburgh will increase its daily schedule to 11 flights per week over the winter.
"The Belfast City to Manchester route will operate twice daily, with fares starting from £29.99 each way, including taxes and charges. The Belfast City to Edinburgh route will operate 11 flights per week, daily on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and twice daily on Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with fares starting from £29.99 each way, including taxes and charges. Belfast City to Heathrow will gain a further two services, on Monday and Saturday, with fares starting from £39.99 each way, including taxes and charges.
"From 03rd November, Belfast City to Manchester flight EI 302, will connect with Aer Lingus' new direct flight EI 031, from Manchester Airport to Barbados, connecting Northern Irish customers to the Caribbean for the first time with Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus' Manchester to Barbados route will operate 3 flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) through to the end of April ’22. Fares start from £259 each way, including taxes and charges.
"From 1st December, Northern Irish customers will be able to connect on to Aer Lingus' new direct services daily from Manchester Airport to New York, JFK and four weekly flights from 11th December from Manchester to Orlando. Fares start from £189 each way, including taxes and charges.
"Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer at Aer Lingus, said, 'We are delighted to be able to provide a significant increase in frequency from Belfast to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh and be able to reconnect businesses, as well as friends and families in the UK that have been kept apart for too long. We are also excited to be able to connect Northern Irish customers with our new Manchester routes to Barbados, New York, JFK and Orlando.
"'Safety remains our priority at Aer Lingus and we continue to implement measures such as mask requirements and additional cleaning, as has been in practice across the airline for the past year. We are also committed to making the flight experience as comfortable as possible and customers can enjoy our in-flight food, drink and entertainment services on board.'
"Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said, 'This is a really strong schedule from Aer Lingus that will serve passengers extremely well throughout the winter months as they resume business travel and embark on more non-essential leisure trips.
"'With a twice daily service to Manchester, passengers can benefit from same-day travel options, and the return to pre-pandemic frequency for the Heathrow service is a reflection of the increased demand for travel to and from London.
"'Aer Lingus offers an excellent service with which our passengers are familiar, and enjoy peace of mind that additional safety measures continue to be in place both on board and in the terminal.'
"Before travelling, Aer Lingus customers are advised to use the airline's new online travel support tool to search by destination and retrieve up-to-date tailored travel information based on their specific circumstances including vaccination status, return travel and flight connection requirements. Should plans change, customers can also avail of the 'Book with Confidence' flexible booking proposition until 31 December 2021."
"For more information and for bookings, visit aerlingus.com."
In a separate statement published on Belfast City Airport’s website, Belfast City Airport said, "EasyJet flights from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick Airport are now on sale until February 2022.
"Fares start at only £24.99 one way for the double daily service, which will give passengers more choice and convenience when flying to England's capital.
"Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, commented, 'The extension of easyJet's flights from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick Airport will be welcome news for many, with the convenient flight times making it possible to leave Belfast in the morning and return in time for dinner.
"'It has been an extremely popular route since its launch in July, providing passengers with more opportunities for business trips, reconnecting with friends and family, or taking a weekend break to London.'
"To book, visit easyjet.com."
Cork Airport Service
Meanwhile, Cork Airport stated, "Management at Cork Airport has expressed its delight that Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling, part of the IAG group that owns Aer Lingus, is to launch a new twice weekly scheduled service from Cork to Paris Orly airport this winter.
"Vueling will operate the route on Mondays and Fridays from November 22, 2021 making it an ideal city break route in both directions.
"Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said, 'We are thrilled to welcome a brand-new airline, Vueling, the Spanish low cost carrier and part of the IAG group to Cork as our newest scheduled carrier. The new twice weekly service to Paris Orly, the nearest airport to the centre of Paris, will operate on Mondays and Fridays. This news is exciting for business and tourism at both ends of the route and will further grow inbound tourism from this key continental market to counties across the South of Ireland.'
"Cork Airport is currently undertaking the rebuilding of its main runway over a 10 weeks period, along with the upgrading of the airport's approach, airfield and ground lighting, runway edge and centreline lighting together with all of its drainage and ducting systems. Cork Airport will reopen on the morning of November 22 following the completion of these works.
"The reconstruction of Cork Airport's main runway is the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the State in recent years - 12 months from funding approval to the completion of the main works - encompassing EU tendering, design, regulatory approvals and construction."
Dublin Airport Service
Additionally, in a statement published on its website, Dublin Airport said, "Management at Dublin Airport have expressed delight that Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling, part of the IAG group that owns Aer Lingus, is to launch a new daily service from Dublin to Paris Orly airport this winter.
"Vueling will operate the route from November 2, 2021 making it an ideal city break route in both directions.
"Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport, Managing Director, said, 'We are delighted to see Vueling's route network at Dublin Airport expand further with the addition of a daily service to Paris Orly to complement their existing Barcelona service. Orly is the nearest Airport to the centre of Paris and this announcement is exciting news for business and tourism interest at both ends of the route as well as those who would to reconnect with family and friends.'
"Dublin Airport will have 39 airlines flying to 145 destinations worldwide as it continues to rebuild its global reach following the devastating impact on the aviation sector because of COVID-19.
"Over 2.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first eight months of this year, representing an 87% decrease when compared to pre COVID levels."
New Freight Service Launched Between Counties Mayo And Waterford
In other transport-related news, as reported by The Irish Times, Iarnród Éireann and transportation services provider XPO Logistics have partnered to launch a new direct rail freight service between Ballina in Co. Mayo and the Port of Waterford in Co. Waterford.
The new service, which reportedly comes months after a freight line that ran cargo directly from Dublin Port to Ballina for business that included Coca-Cola was suspended because the port was so clogged up following Brexit, reportedly commenced weekly operations on Wednesday September 29, and it is reportedly planned to expand it to twice-weekly within eight weeks.
The news service reportedly has provision for 5,000 truck movements a year, which would reportedly result in less road congestion, and a 75% reduction in emissions per unit, according to the companies.
Port of Waterford chief executive Frank Ronan reportedly said, "These trains, carrying container freight, will work very effectively with the port’s Lo-Lo shipping services to provide businesses in Ireland’s west/northwest with a compelling logistics solution to and from mainland Europe."
The Dublin to Ballina service, which was suspended in June, reportedly ran close to 10,000 goods containers that were loaded off of ferries directly onto trains to bring them to the west last year.
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