21 JUNE 2021
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British Airways has confirmed that its CityFlyer (BACF) subsidiary is to operate a number of Belfast City Airport routes this summer. These were left unsupported with the demise of Stobart Air who flew the routes as an Aer Lingus Regional franchise.
The emergence of BACF at Belfast’s George Best Airport brings into question the Aer Lingus deal for 2023 with paper operator Emerald Airways.
BACF will operate from Belfast City Airport to Exeter, Glasgow and Newquay airports. Passengers will find a big difference between the two-class 98-seat Embraer 190 jet and the previous 72-seat ATR turboprop.
Also announced last week following the Stobart collapse is the arrival of easyJet at City Airport with a twice daily Gatwick service. It already operates from Belfast International to most UK airports (including Gatwick), now with increased capacity as it sees a surge in bookings.
Aer Lingus (mainline) has taken over the Dublin – Edinburgh, Dublin – Manchester, Belfast City – Manchester, Belfast City – Birmingham and Belfast City – Edinburgh routes.
What happens with the Dublin domestic routes for the time being is not known.
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