New airline lands at city airport

Published Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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George Best Belfast City Airport has announced a new airline will begin flights to England from April.

New airline lands at city airport
A new airline is set to take off from the city airport. (© UTV)

LinksAir will operate four flights daily between Monday and Friday along with two services on a Sunday to Doncaster-Sheffield Airport starting on 11 April.

The route was previously operated by Flybe until 2011.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement.

She said: "The re-establishment of the air link between Belfast and Sheffield is great news for Northern Ireland.

"It not only strengthens our own access to the north of England and the greater east midlands, but also makes it easier for people to get to Northern Ireland for business or a holiday.

"Belfast City Airport transported over 2.5m passengers in 2013, making it one of the busiest years in its history, and I look forward to working with the airport and its airline partners as we welcome more visitors to the region throughout 2014."

The announcement was also welcomed by Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons.

He added: "This will certainly expand travel options for holidaymakers in the north of England who wish to visit Northern Ireland.

"As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct flights cannot be overstated, we know there is a proven direct correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers.

"We look forward to co-operating with LinksAir and George Best Belfast City Airport, to maximise the promotion of this new service."

LinksAir said the opening of the route could lead to further expansion of its services in Belfast.

Roger Hage from the company added: "Belfast is an exciting, vibrant city to visit and connectivity to Northern Ireland is increasingly important for Sheffield."

© UTV News
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9 Comments
East Belfast resident in East Belfast wrote (247 days ago):
@Paul. Good question. Especially for residents who are plagued with constant flights roaring above residential areas. The International airport would have been a better choice. That said, East Belfast is very nice!!!!
Belfast in Belfast wrote (247 days ago):
this would be better if they were annoucing New York or LA !!
David in Belfast wrote (247 days ago):
I do, for one!
Pauline in Belfast wrote (247 days ago):
Brilliant I have family in Sheffield!
Wednesday Fan in Space wrote (247 days ago):
Me, Im a Wednesday fan. So wind it in.
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