Ryanair today announced it will open a new base at Belfast International Airport, starting in March, with one based aircraft, and a four-times daily service to London Gatwick.
The base will grow to three aircraft and five more new routes from October 2016.
In Belfast, Ryanair’s David O’Brien said:
“Ryanair is pleased to open a new base at Belfast International Airport from March, as we invest $300m, in three based aircraft, and a high frequency daily route to London Gatwick, and five other new routes from October 2016, which will deliver over 1m customers p.a. at Belfast International Airport and support 750 jobs”.
“Our four-times daily Belfast – Gatwick service will be ideal for both business and leisure customers and we look forward to growing routes, traffic, jobs and tourism in Belfast in the coming months and years. Our customers can look forward to further improvements in the coming months, including our personalised website, with exciting new digital features such as real customer destination reviews, under our “Always Getting Better” programme, as we continue to offer so much more than just the lowest fares”.
Graham Keddie, MD of Belfast International Airport, said:
“This is a significant and far-reaching announcement by Ryanair. The Gatwick slots given up by Aer Lingus as part of the IAG takeover, are being safeguarded and used for the benefit of Northern Ireland. Gatwick is growing in popularity, and it was crucial to retain them”.
“In addition, the promise of three based aircraft and five more new routes to be announced later in the year increases Northern Ireland’s ‘reach’ and gives Belfast International a competitive edge. This very positive news is the equivalent of a major inward investment without the strain on public finances. It will deliver thousands of new visitors and hundreds of welcome new jobs.”