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    • One Hundred Additional Weekly Flights from Belfast City Airport

      Monday 06 Sep 2010

      Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline and the largest scheduled carrier at George Best Belfast City Airport, has today announced three new services to Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool bringing its total number of routes offered from Belfast to seventeen. This move will also mean locating two additional aircraft at the airport with the potential creation of 250 indirect jobs adding to the 215 already directly employed by Flybe in Belfast.
       
      From Sunday 31st October 2010, Flybe will operate two daily flights to Bristol, two daily flights to East Midlands and four daily flights to Liverpool (*full timetable below) with fares starting at just £24.99 one way, including taxes and charges for each of the three new services.

      Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer comments, “We are delighted to be able to introduce these three crucial routes following last week’s announcement by Ryanair to cease operations from Belfast City Airport and with it, services to Liverpool, Bristol and East Midlands.

      Flybe has been serving the community in Northern Ireland for over 26 years and we are wholly committed to continue providing comprehensive connectivity throughout the UK and beyond to convenient destinations at competitive prices with maximum flexibility and choice. Flybe recognises that for a country such as Northern Ireland which depends so much on airlinks for its economic, social and tourism well being that reliability and dependability are key factors towards growth and development. In announcing these additional routes today we are further underlining our longterm investment and commitment to George Best Belfast City Airport and Northern Ireland.”

      Welcoming the announcement Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said: “I congratulate the Airport operator for acting quickly to fill these routes, which were vacated by Ryanair. Flybe is an airline that has shown long-term commitment to Northern Ireland and today's announcement confirms their continued investment here.

      “The development of direct, convenient and competitive access services is critical to achieving tourism growth and strategic targets. Great Britain is a key source market for Northern Ireland tourism and Tourism Ireland has an exceptionally strong promotional programme under way this year, to restore tourism growth from this all-important market. Tourism Ireland will be working with Flybe in Great Britain to maximise the promotion of these new routes.”

      Katy Best, Business Development Director at George Best Belfast City Airport said, “We knew there was significant demand for the routes vacated and we’re pleased to finalise an agreement with Flybe on three routes. Flybe is a long term partner and recognises our significant and continuing investment at the airport to provide world class facilities for passengers.”

      Seats go on sale from Tuesday 7th September and are available online at www.flybe.com . The Monday to Friday schedule is as follows:
      Bristol
      Depart Belfast City 0930 / 1830
      Depart Bristol 1105 / 2005

      East Midlands
      Depart Belfast City 0700 / 1600
      Depart East Midlands 0830 / 1730

      Liverpool
      Depart Belfast City 0645 / 1015 / 1545 / 1915
      Depart Liverpool 0800 / 1130 / 1700 / 2030
      Weekend flight times vary