Flights to the Welsh capital will commence on June 28 and will operate up to four times per week, providing frequent connectivity between Northern Ireland and Wales.
The airline currently flies from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, and Manchester, and recently announced it would commence a summer service to popular staycation destination, Newquay.
Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, said: “Stobart Air already boasts an impressive network from Belfast City Airport, serving key destinations across both England and Scotland.
“With the welcome addition of this Cardiff service, the airline now adds Wales to that portfolio, creating a UK-wide offering to customers in Northern Ireland.
“We are delighted by the announcement, which not only strengthens our partnership with Stobart Air and Aer Lingus Regional but also further enhances the choice and convenience we promise to our passengers, and we look forward to the route taking off later in June.”
Andy Jolly, Managing Director at Stobart Air, added: “Stobart Air calls on the UK Government and Stormont Assembly to work with all industry stakeholders to restore confidence in aviation and facilitate the resumption of safe air travel in line with the vaccination rollout programmes.
“Anticipating a successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout which will allow air travel to resume safely later this year, we are pleased to add this route from Belfast to Cardiff to our network. We believe this new connection will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights between Belfast and Cardiff.
“We look forward to welcoming our staff and customers onboard this new route.”
Operated by Stobart Air, the Aer Lingus Regional service to Cardiff will operate on one of five ATR72-600 aircraft permanently based at Belfast City Airport, and customers can avail of the loyalty programme, AerClub, where Avios reward points can be collected and redeemed against future Aer Lingus flights, purchases or products.
Alongside choice and convenience, the safety of passengers and staff remains of paramount importance at Belfast City Airport. Numerous enhanced health and safety measures continue to be in place throughout the terminal building, for which the airport was awarded an Airport Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI). For more information, visit the dedicated Covid-19 webpage.
Flights to Cardiff start at £29.99 one way and will be on sale from Wednesday, May 5 at www.aerlingus.com
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