23 JULY 2012
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BTNews predicted on 18 June that the following week Aer Lingus would announce the move of its Northern Ireland operations from Belfast International to Belfast City. We got it wrong. It seems that the airline had to go through a tendering process. In any event Sunday 28 October is the changeover date which involves flights to Gatwick and Heathrow, three services daily, and also for the summer season to Faro and Malaga, three per week.
On Heathrow the airline will compete with British Airways who has taken over the former bmi route and now offers up to six services daily, and with Gatwick where Flybe has five flights per day.
“Northern Ireland’s vital London connections are secure with Aer Lingus”, said Christoph Mueller, the airline’s Chief Executive, who announced the decision to move airports. “The people of Northern Ireland have supported Aer Lingus from the first day we took off here five years ago. We value that support and believe switching airports at this time cements our continued commitment to the market and our customers. We expect passenger numbers to grow because of the move and look forward to working with the management and staff of the city airport.” www.aerlingus.com
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