New Belfast to London flight announced

Published Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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A new Belfast to London direct flight has been announced by Flybe.

The airline will fly three times daily between George Best Belfast City Airport and London City Airport from Monday 27 October.

A statement from Flybe confirmed that a five-year agreement had been signed.

The new route will bring the total of direct destinations offered by Flybe from Northern Ireland to 14, making it the largest airline operating at George Best Belfast City Airport.

London City Airport is located in the heart of the financial capital with connections offered every ten minutes by Docklands Light Railway. As well as flights to Belfast City, Flybe also announced services from London City to Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness.

Saad Hammad, Flybe's Chief Executive Officer, said: "We're delighted to announce this new service between Belfast and London City Airport. Today's news is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. The decision to re-enter the London market at its most convenient airport follows a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict 'Route Assessment Model".

"Flybe is today already connecting over seven million passengers a year throughout the UK and Europe. With this new major London connection from Belfast City, we are not only cementing our position as Europe's largest regional airline but also upholding our customer promise to be 'The Fastest Way from A to Flybe'."

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport added: "For over 30 years, Flybe has worked alongside Belfast City to offer passengers a UK wide route network. I have no doubt that London City will prove a popular service especially with business passengers.

"Flybe's distinctive brand refresh and new service to London City signals a new era for our business partner and we wish the airline every success."

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Fly E not B! in Not on a Flybe Plane Anyway wrote (181 days ago):
Unbelievable that this 1 x new route to London made the headlines all day! Furthermore, not a mention by Flybe as to what type of Aircraft they will be using on the route. Will they bother to put a jet aircraft on this route similar to their competitors or will it be yet another one of their elastic band 'eco' planes? Especially in our great wintery windy weather, I don't think so!
matt in Ulster wrote (181 days ago):
good route.. dreadful airline. the worst in the UK by far. Horrendous customer service. Hope they go out of business!
Bobby in Canada wrote (182 days ago):
Here is something Arlene Foster should address. I recently booked a flight for my sister, a return flight from Belfast to Toronto. The price is $1600 dollars. I looked into a return flight from Dublin to Toronto. The price is $1000 plus the 15 pounds for the bus to Dublin airport. She is now flying out of Dublin.
Gavin in Belfast wrote (182 days ago):
Car parking charges a disgrace... I now use belfast international!!
Le0 in Belfast wrote (182 days ago):
Awesome! We can now no doubt look forward regular delayed flights right into the centre of London, or back to sunny Belfast. We really need to avoid companies like flybe who abuse their market position to charge exorbitant prices and offer what can only be described as PITIFUL customer service in return. As a reluctant but regular traveller with flybe due to work, I can honestly say that at least 30% of their flights are more then 30 minutes late - and the Manchester and Southampton routes run late perpetually. Pull your act together flybe; I sincerely hope I don't find out that NI Gov Plc is subsidising this despicable business with my taxes. Actually, looking at what they manage to do in Stormont, they probably couldn't even manage to get that together.
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