Aer Lingus switch from Belfast International to Belfast City Airport will bring with it a cut in routes to sun destinations however the airline wants to increase its servies to the UK.
Aer Lingus will launch more scheduled flights from Belfast to Heathrow as soon as it can secure the landing slots in London.
With just over a week left before the airline goes head-to-head with BA on the George Best Belfast City Airport to Heathrow route, chief executive Christoph Mueller said he wants to build business between the two airports.
“We want to grow,” he said on a visit to Belfast yesterday. “Three times a day to London Heathrow is a start but it’s not enough in the long-term. We haven’t made a secret of the fact we are after additional slots in Heathrow and one of the destinations we would deploy those is Belfast.”
Aer Lingus currently flies to the London airport, along with Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, Lanzarote and Tenerife, from Belfast International Airport. But from October 28 it will move its Northern Ireland base to Belfast City Airport from where it will fly just to Heathrow and Gatwick.