Published on May 25th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Service Resumes Between Belfast and Faro
The route between Belfast International Airport and Faro Airport in Portugal has resumed following the announcement of the Green list by the Northern Ireland Executive. The first flight operated this week by an Airbus A320neo of Easyjet with an on-time departure. Flights will operate four times a week, to begin with, increasing then to 16 times a week in the summer peak. Flights will be operated initially by easyJet with Jet2 joining later in June. Easyjet has increased its presence at Belfast with another Airbus A320 to the base which brings to six the number of aircraft currently based there. Easyjet this week have launched new services to Isle of Man, Venice, Naples and Valencia from Belfast
Commenting as the first of the summer series of flights departed, Managing Director of Belfast International Airport, Graham Keddie said “We were delighted that Portugal was included on the Northern Ireland Executive’s green travel list for international travel and it was wonderful to watch local holidaymakers heading off today for a well-earned summer break. We look forward to welcoming back more passengers safely and can reassure them that we and our airlines are well prepared with a range of social distancing, hygiene and testing provisions in place throughout the airport. As we move towards full reopening, we would ask that passengers are patient and familiarise themselves with the rules around air travel. Queues will be expected as we need to maintain social distancing and we would ask that passengers arrive two hours prior to departure. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms must stay away from the airport and passengers must adhere to all the public health guidelines as we start to increase our flights and passenger flow.”
Also commenting was Ali Gayward of EasyJet UK who said, “We are delighted to be getting back to what we do the best today and flying our customers from Belfast on international leisure trips once again either for a break or to reunite with loved ones after many months apart. We know the pent up demand is there – we see it every time that restrictions are eased and so to cater for it we have put an extra 100,000 seats on sale from the UK, including from Belfast, to Green list destinations to help our customers take to the skies once again. We are absolutely committed to a safe restart and are confident this can happen while protecting both the health system and the success of the vaccine programme and we have industry-leading flexible policies so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to. We look forward to welcoming our customers back on board in the coming days, weeks and months.”
Speaking earlier this month when planned announcements regarding the lifting of restrictions in the UK, CEO of Jet2 Steve Heapy said, “We are pleased that the UK Government has committed to reopening international travel this summer, and we welcome some of the additional clarity that has been provided today. Despite ‘wanting to start looking outward again’ there is still a long way to go to meet the huge customer demand for our flights and ATOL protected package holidays, so we look forward to furthering positive news about where we can fly to in the coming weeks. We also look forward to important updates from the UK Government about a simple and affordable testing regime for customers. We remain totally committed to our restart date of June 24th. Because we invest so much in delivering our award-winning customer experience, with thousands of colleagues looking after customers in airports, in the air and in our resorts, we will be working tirelessly over the next few weeks to ensure that everything is ready for the moment our customers arrive at the airport to begin their much-needed holidays.