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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 posted on the Belfast City Airport and Aer Lingus website said: “Aer Lingus and Belfast City Airport are pleased to announce that from October 31, Aer Lingus will significantly increase its airport services from Belfast City to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh.

“Belfast City to Manchester will go from its current daily schedule to two daily flights; Belfast City to London Heathrow will benefit from two additional services, bringing it to the total of 21 flights per week operated before the pandemic; and Belfast City to Edinburgh will increase. its daily schedule at 11 flights per week during the winter.

“The Belfast to Manchester route will be operated twice daily, with fares starting at £ 29.99 each way including taxes and charges. The Belfast to Edinburgh route will offer 11 flights per week, daily on Mondays , Tuesday, Wednesday and twice daily on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with fares starting at £ 29.99 each way including taxes and fees. Belfast City to Heathrow will benefit from two additional services, Monday and on Saturdays, with fares starting at £ 39.99 each way including taxes and charges.

“From 03rd In November, flight EI 302 from Belfast City to Manchester will connect to 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 . The Aer Lingus route between Manchester and Barbados will offer 3 flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) until the end of April 22. Fares start from £ 259 each way, including taxes and fees.

“From 1st December, Northern Irish customers will be able to connect daily to new direct Aer Lingus services from Manchester Airport to New York, JFK and four weekly flights from 11e December from Manchester to Orlando. Fares start from £ 189 each way, including taxes and fees.

Susanne Carberry, Director of Customer Care at Aer Lingus, said: “We are delighted to be able to deliver a significant increase in frequency from Belfast to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh and to be able to reconnect businesses, as well as friends and family. families at We are also excited to be able to connect Northern Irish customers with our new routes from Manchester to Barbados, New York, JFK and Orlando.

“Safety remains our top priority at Aer Lingus and we continue to implement measures such as mask requirements and additional cleaning, as has been the case across the airline over the past year. We are also committed to making the flight experience as comfortable as possible and customers can enjoy our onboard food, beverage and entertainment services. ‘

Katy Best, Commercial Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: “This is a very busy Aer Lingus program that will serve passengers extremely well throughout the winter months as they are resuming their business trips and embarking on more non-essential leisure travel.

“With twice-daily service to Manchester, passengers can benefit from same-day travel options, and the return to pre-pandemic frequency for Heathrow service reflects increased demand for travel to and from London.

“‘Aer Lingus provides excellent service that our passengers are familiar with, and appreciate the peace of mind that additional security measures continue to be in place both on board and in the terminal.’

“Before traveling, Aer Lingus customers are advised to use the airline’s new online travel assistance tool to search by destination and retrieve up-to-date travel information tailored to their circumstances. specific, including vaccination status, return travel and flight connection requirements. If plans change, customers can also benefit from the flexible booking proposal “Book with confidence” until December 31, 2021. “

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In a separate statement posted on the Belfast City Airport website, Belfast City Airport said: “EasyJet flights from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick Airport are now on sale until in February 2022.

“Fares start at just £ 24.99 for a one-way ticket for the daily double service, which will give passengers more choice and convenience when traveling to the English capital.

Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: “The expansion of easyJet flights from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick Airport will be good news for many, with convenient flight times to leave Belfast in the morning and return in time for dinner.

“‘It has been an extremely popular route since its launch in July, giving passengers more opportunities for business trips, to reconnect with friends and family, or to take a weekend in London.’

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Cork Airport Service

Meanwhile, Cork Airport said: “Cork Airport management has expressed their joy that the Spanish low cost airline, Vueling, which is part of the IAG group that owns Aer Lingus, is launching a new regular bi-weekly service from Cork to Paris Orly airport this winter.

“Vueling will operate the route on Mondays and Fridays starting November 22, 2021, making it an ideal route for city breaks in either direction.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director of Cork Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome a brand new airline, Vueling, the Spanish low cost airline and part of the IAG group in Cork as a new regular airline. The new bi-weekly service to Paris Orly, the airport closest to central Paris, will operate on Mondays and Fridays. This is exciting news for business and tourism on both ends of the road and will further increase inbound tourism to this market key continental to the counties of southern Ireland. ‘

“Cork Airport is currently undertaking the reconstruction of its main runway over a period of 10 weeks, as well as upgrades to approach, airfield and ground lighting, runway edge and lighting. central as well as all its drainage and duct systems. Cork Airport will reopen on the morning of November 22 following the completion of this work.

“The reconstruction of the main runway at Cork Airport is the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the state in recent years – 12 months from approval of funding to completion of major works – encompassing EU bidding, design, regulatory approvals and construction. “

Dublin Airport Service

In addition, in a statement posted on its website, Dublin Airport said: “Dublin Airport management is delighted that Spanish low-cost airline Vueling, which is part of the IAG group that owns Aer Lingus is launching 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 route for urban getaways in both directions.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, said: “We are delighted to see Vueling’s route network at Dublin Airport further expand with the addition of a daily service to Paris Orly to complement their existing service in Barcelona. Orly is the closest airport to central Paris and this announcement is exciting news for businesses and tourists interested on both ends of the route as well as for those wishing to reconnect with family and friends. ‘

“Dublin Airport will have 39 airlines serving 145 destinations around the world as it continues to rebuild its global reach following the devastating impact on the aviation industry due to COVID-19.

“More than 2.9 million passengers have traveled to Dublin Airport in the first eight months of this year, which is an 87% drop from pre-COVID levels. “

New freight service launched between Mayo and Waterford counties

In other transport-related news, as reported Irish weather, Iarnród Éireann and transport service provider XPO Logistics have teamed up to launch a new direct rail freight service between Ballina in County Mayo and the Port of Waterford in County Waterford.

The new service, which comes months after a freight line that carried goods directly from Dublin Port to Ballina for companies including Coca-Cola was suspended because the port was so congested after Brexit, reportedly began operations. weekly operations on Wednesday, September 29, and it would be expected to expand to twice a week within eight weeks.

The information service reportedly forecast 5,000 truck movements per year, which would lead to less traffic congestion and a 75% reduction in emissions per unit, according to the companies.

Port of Waterford Managing Director Frank Ronan reportedly said: ‘These trains, carrying containerized freight, will work very efficiently with the Port’s Lo-Lo shipping services to provide businesses in the west / north-west with Ireland a compelling logistics solution to and from mainland Europe.

The Dublin-Ballina service, which was suspended in June, reportedly carried nearly 10,000 containers of goods that were loaded from the ferries directly onto trains to bring them west last year.

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