AN AIR route connecting Birmingham International to Belfast has been restored nine months after the collapse of regional carrier FlyBe.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has today (September 14) started flights on its new route from Birmingham to Belfast.
Stobart Air promises four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport
The Birmingham to Belfast link gives Stobart Air a fourth route to its roster of Dublin, Cork and Shannon in the Republic of Ireland.
Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “We are delighted that Stobart Air has given customers the chance to fly to Belfast City Airport again direct from Birmingham Airport.
“This much needed domestic route comes under the Common Travel Area, ensuring customers can move easily and freely between England and Northern Ireland. The convenience of this route will appeal to both business and leisure customers needing direct access to the Emerald Isle.”
Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said: “We are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City Airport and to work closely with Birmingham Airport, Belfast City Airport and our partners Aer Lingus to operate flights to and from Birmingham.
“Stobart Air has worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline during challenging times and to position us for the future. The launch of this service is part of that.”