31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020

Belfast City Aer Lingus Regional services get under way

Aer Lingus Regional has now launched new routes from George Best Belfast City Airport to Edinburgh and Exeter.   (First reported by BTN 27 July).
These are the first destinations introduced by Aer Lingus Regional from Belfast City, with Birmingham (from 14 September), East Midlands (1 October), Leeds Bradford (1 October) and Manchester (14 September) to follow in a phased approach, in line with passenger demand and Government guidance.  All the routes are operated by Stobart Air who has based five ATR72-600 aircraft at the airport.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “Edinburgh has always been a very popular route from Belfast City, and we are delighted Aer Lingus Regional has re-established this service since it was left vacant by Flybe.
“Like many industries, the aviation market has had a challenging 2020 in light of Covid-19. However, ensuring essential connectivity remains in place was a key priority for us and that is what we have achieved with Aer Lingus Regional.
“Having already enjoyed eight successful years with Aer Lingus on our London Heathrow service, we are looking forward to working with the airline again, in partnership with Stobart Air, to further grow and strengthen our route network.”

Matt Roach, Managing Director at Exeter Airport, said: “We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of Aer Lingus Regional to Exeter Airport and today marks a significant milestone for our region, with direct connectivity to Belfast for the first time.
Stobart Air, following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers.
These include enhanced aircraft cleaning, mandatory face coverings/masks on all flights with the exception of children under the age of six and those who are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons as well as boarding and disembarking in small groups.
Enhanced sanitisation and social distancing are also in place at Belfast City Airport where face coverings/masks are also mandatory. Guidance for passengers can be viewed at belfastcityairport.com 

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