Virgin launches new Belfast service

Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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Virgin Atlantic has announced a new service from Belfast to Orlando.

Virgin launches new Belfast service
The news has been welcomed by Belfast International. (© Pacemaker)

The flights will operate from Belfast International Airport between June and July, starting next year.

Uel Hoey from the airport said he is "delighted" with the move which comes at the end of three years of negotiations with Virgin.

It will be the first time Sir Richard Branson's airline has flown from Northern Ireland.

"From June next year, we will be the only airport on the island to accommodate a Virgin service and that is something we are particularly pleased about," Mr Hoey said.

"This is one of the most exciting announcements we have had at Belfast International in recent years. We are delighted that an airline with the status and reputation of Virgin has decided to expand its network by putting the entire island of Ireland on its 'radar'."

The new service comes in addition to the existing Virgin flights between Glasgow and Orlando, with the first Belfast flight set to depart on 25 June 2015.

Virgin chief executive Craig Kreeger said: "I am delighted we are able to offer customers in Northern Ireland and Scotland the opportunity to travel on Virgin Atlantic."

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10 Comments
Stephen in East belfast wrote (159 days ago):
Having been a regular flyer to orlando from dublin I hope virgin can keep their prices below £650 or I will still be flying out of dublin
Adrian in excellence.7@btinternet.co wrote (159 days ago):
That will suit all the mickey mouse men ,up in belfast !
Eamonn O'Neill in Belfast wrote (159 days ago):
Great News,For the Belfast Traveller to Orlando,since FlyGlobeSpan,Went Bust in 2009.
Gareth in Belfast wrote (159 days ago):
Whawwwww,,, about time ,,,, but here look at dublin they r wrapping up belfast international wise up !!!! Dublin hav every airline nearly you could name ,, eithad,emirates, continental, us airways ,air transit ,british airways ,,, god the list gos on,,, belfast international has to step up !!!!!!
Peardrops in Belfast wrote (159 days ago):
I cant help but wonder if the taxes will deter folk as a regular traveller to usa and off course orlando itself it would be great to fly local but with a group off six i will still fo dublin -price dictates all.. Fingers crossed though
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