With the news that Ryanair is returning to Belfast City Airport, bringing with it eight new routes for summer 2021, it’s clear that Belfast City Airport has built a strong route network ready to serve the needs of its passengers when travel resumes. Ryanair’s return means that, not only has Belfast City Airport replaced all year-round routes left vacant by Flybe, but has grown its portfolio and can now offer passengers a wider choice of destinations than in 2019.
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive at Belfast City Airport, provided an update on operations and thoughts on what the year ahead will look like for the Airport. While Aer Lingus and British Airways have continued to operate essential flights during this time, Belfast City Airport’s other routes, with airline partners Eastern Airways, KLM, Loganair, are set to recommence flights throughout April in line with passenger demand.
“With the restrictions on travel over the past 12 months, combined with a successful vaccine rollout, we expect that there will be a strong demand in the coming months from passengers who want to take a relaxing break, visit family and friends, or resume business meetings in person once the restrictions ease.” Brian explained. “It’s great we can offer a range of routes for these passengers, whatever their reason for travel, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back into the terminal again.”
Located only five minutes from the best of Belfast, and named the UK’s most punctual Airport at beginning of 2020, Belfast City Airport has a lot to offer passengers in terms of convenience. Not only are its security times second to none, its choice of three car parks – with the furthest being a ten minute walk away – means that passengers can get from car to gate in record time.
“We were named the UK and Ireland’s Most Convenient Airport and we are proud to maintain our high standards of accessibility for all and put the passenger at the forefront of our operations. Our car parking prices have been reduced to only £14.99 for a one night’s stay, giving passengers a safe and secure option that is close to both check-in and arrivals for a competitive price.” Brian said.
Parking on-site at Belfast City Airport can only be booked directly through its website, and booking in advance ensures that passengers will get the best value for their money.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
The introduction of Ryanair’s new summer flights brings the total number of routes offered by Belfast City to 23, with popular destinations across the U.K. and Europe including Manchester, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, and sunshine routes to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, and more.
Brian continued: “The way we travel might look different in the short term, with people wanting to book their escapes closer to the time of travel and expecting a contactless journey where possible, but we are confident that people are keen to go on holiday in 2021, whether it be a staycation closer to home or going further afield for some guaranteed sun.
“Our enhanced safety and hygiene measures continue to be in place to help ensure the welfare of our staff and passengers, including asking all passengers to wear a face mask and requesting that only those who are due to travel enter the terminal.” He continued. “Each of our airlines also has its own measures in place to make sure that safety is a top priority from the moment passengers arrive at the Airport to the moment they touch down at their destination.”
“We are working closely with the government and Public Health to adhere to the relevant directives and will continue to do should any further measures be introduced by the Government.”
For more information about the routes served by Belfast City Airport, and to prebook your parking, visit belfastcityairport.com