Published on August 24th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ryanair Pull Out of Northern Ireland
Ryanair has announced that it will cease all operations from both Belfast airports by the end of the summer season. Thus they will not have any services to Northern Ireland this winter, having already stopped serving the City of Derry Airport earlier this year. Ryanair had only started services on 1st June as the COVID restrictions were eased in Northern Ireland. Routes from George Best Belfast City Airport to Spain, Portugal and Italy will cease on 12th September. The ten routes from Belfast International to Alicante, Bergamo, Girona, Gdansk, Krakow, London Stansted, Malaga, Malta, Manchester and Warsaw will all end on 30th October.
A spokesperson for Belfast International told the Belfast Telegraph, “It is disappointing that Ryanair has now decided to withdraw operations from the entire Northern Ireland market at the end of October, having variously had a presence in all three local airports in recent years. It has been a difficult period for aviation and a time when consumers need some stability and faith in the Northern Ireland air transport network. As we have been anticipating such a move, we have been engaging with our existing and other new airlines to provide continuity on the routes to be vacated by Ryanair, and to help sustain employment in the aviation industry at a local level in Northern Ireland. To this end, we hope to be able to make announcements regarding fresh route development in the near future.”
Ryanair has blamed the fact that “Due to the UK Government’s refusal to suspend or reduce air passenger duty, and the lack of Covid recovery incentives from both Belfast airports, this winter Ryanair will cease operations from Belfast International and Belfast City Airport from the end of the Summer schedule in October and these aircraft will be reallocated to lower cost airports elsewhere in the UK and Europe for the Winter schedule which starts in November.”