Passengers on Ryanair travelling from Northern Ireland will be able to fly direct to Faro Airport this summer. The low-cost airline has announced its return to Belfast City Airport after 11 years, with a new summer schedule to eight popular international summer destinations including the Algarve. The others are Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Valencia, Ibiza, Mallorca and Milan Bergamo.
According to Ryanair, the decision to resume services from Belfast was partly prompted by the UK’s “highly successful rollout of their vaccination programme, which has seen almost 35 per cent of the adult population of Northern Ireland already vaccinated (and) gives Northern Ireland consumers confidence that summer travel will be possible”.
Faro will be connected to Belfast with seven weekly flights, offering “the lowest fares and the option to avail of Ryanair’s ‘zero change fee’ offer should plans change”.
For Belfast City Airport CEO Brian Ambrose, the announcement was “excellent news for those in Northern Ireland considering a getaway this summer. The choice of routes offered by Ryanair will facilitate both city breaks and relaxing beach holidays for our passengers.
“Travel has been significantly restricted over the last 12 months and, as the vaccine rollout continues at pace and the restrictions ease, we expect there will be considerable demand for these routes, and we look forward to welcoming Ryanair customers through the terminal.”
Ryanair director of marketing Dara Brady said the airline was “delighted to make a return to Belfast City Airport this summer, having previously operated here in 2010… Northern Ireland consumers now have eight routes at low fares to some of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Spain, Portugal and Italy to choose from… A much-deserved getaway is only a click away.”
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