Belfast to New York route suspended

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014
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United Airlines will suspend its Belfast to New York route for nine weeks from January 2015.

Belfast to New York route suspended
The airline is to suspend the service. (© Getty)

It is understood next year's service freeze to Newark Airport is a temporary measure being implemented as part of the airline's cutbacks.

It will also halt services at Dublin, Manchester and Rome.

Belfast International Airport has said it is "naturally disappointed" by the decision.

The airport has said 850,000 passengers have travelled via the route in the nine years since it was introduced.

"We have been kept fully informed by United who assure us that it is their intention to resume normal service on the Belfast-Newark route from the 11 March next year," a statement from the airport said.

"Taken in the round, this is a successful route for United but performance is not traditionally as strong in the first couple of months of the year.

"United has contributed massively to the Northern Ireland economy over the past decade and we know it will continue to provide a vital link for business, and support continuing efforts to attract inward investment, for the remainder of 2014 and over the New Year period, and again when the service returns in March 2015."

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7 Comments
gerard in belfast wrote (139 days ago):
yes it is a lot more expensive to fly from here than the mainland and its more expensive for everything else here than the mainland its been like this for years and what do our mps do about it carp all if we r part of the uk then we all should be paying the same like in any other country but like i have said before many of times we dont use the brains we are given as part off us want to be part of the uk and the other wants to be part of a all ireland then why dont we become like the channel island and become a 6 county duty free just think how many people would come here and then all the people off this place off ours would all benefit from it and you would have more air lines flying from here all over the world and more business would invest here we have try most things why not try this notthing else works
Paul in Belfast wrote (139 days ago):
It's time our capital city of Belfast had one good airport instead of two small ones. Belfast simply isn't big enough. Larger airports attract more airlines and business. Take a look at Berlin for example, Closing its 3 old airports and building a new airport to serve the entire city on the old Shoenenfeld site. Dublin works well with 1 airport so Belfast would too.
Angie in Coleraine wrote (140 days ago):
Thanks Paul, have done that despite the xtra 3 hours travelling time but think about time Assembly did something about landing charges in Belfast airports before all airlines follow suit and we've no tourism!
bob in bobland wrote (140 days ago):
Dublin airport is a much nicer experience
Paul in Belfast wrote (140 days ago):
Angie go to the capital Dublin. Loadsa cheap flights to the states. With many airlines. Over 100,000 people from england flew to the US via Dublin last year. From €450 return. And you do US pre-clearance in Dublin, so when you land in the US no queues. Like a domestic flight. Its great.
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