10 AUGUST 2015
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United Airlines is to offer customers from Northern Ireland year-round non-stop service from Belfast to Newark, its New York hub, the only New York airport with direct rail services to the centre of the city. The current three times a week schedule (four in summer) will now continue through into summer 2016.
“We’re pleased to offer our Northern Irish customers a year-round direct link to New York,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, UK and Ireland. “New York remains a popular destination for travellers and our Newark Liberty hub provides the most convenient route into the city as well as easy connections to hundreds of other destinations across the United States and beyond.”
Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Belfast International Airport, said: “This is wonderful news. We have been working with stakeholders to achieve this outcome and we are delighted it is now being delivered. The decision by United to return to full year-round service is of great significance to the Northern Ireland economy. Our one and only direct, scheduled trans-Atlantic service to Newark Liberty is a ‘lifeline’ for US-owned firms and adds massively to efforts by Invest NI to attract additional and highly prized US investment. United are to be applauded, and we will do all we can to promote and market the service." www.united.com
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