Published on May 26th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus Regional expands Belfast Base

Emerald Airlines, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, expands its services from Belfast City Airport, with new routes to Glasgow and Exeter taking-off from today. Already servicing Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, and Manchester, Aer Lingus Regional will now operate Glasgow and Exeter routes from Belfast City Airport – just in time for the bank holiday weekend!   

In addition to the new routes, Emerald Airlines welcomes an additional two aircraft to its Belfast fleet, increasing the frequency of its existing services to Manchester and Birmingham, which now operate up to 3 times per day. The expansion at the base has been possible as two new ATR72’s joined the fleet this week, EI-HDH and EI-HDJ.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: “We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport. Striving to be the airline of choice to and from Belfast, we are now adding to our fleet with the addition of two more aircraft. This allows us to increase the frequency of our flights in line with consumer demand, providing more options for those travelling to and from Belfast.  

The launch of our Glasgow and Exeter services from Belfast comes just in time for the long bank holiday weekend, allowing passengers to book last-minute getaways with convenient timings and low fares, making the most of their time off!” 

Customers are now able to book flights from Belfast City Airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow, and Exeter. Customers can earn Avios points on all Aer Lingus Regional flights, providing continuity and benefits of the current services offered by both Aer Lingus and British Airways at Belfast City Airport. Tickets can be booked through and 

Speaking of Aer Lingus Regional’s commitment to Belfast City Airport, Ellie McGimpsey, Aviation Development Manager at Belfast City Airport, commented: “We are seeing strong demand for flights to England and Scotland, with customers visiting family and friends, making the most of a long weekend, and getting back to business travel. These new routes will give passengers more flexibility and choice, conveniently connecting them to a number of exciting destinations across Great Britain. Customers can travel from Belfast City to Glasgow daily and Exeter up to five times per week. 

The Aer Lingus Regional routes have been very popular with both inbound and outbound passengers, and we look forward to working together to further develop the network from Belfast City Airport.” 

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600. Recruitment is ongoing at Emerald Airlines for positions in Belfast including Flight Crew and Cabin Crew. Further information on vacancies can be viewed here. 

Customers who book onto these routes operated by Emerald Airlines through  or can also earn and burn Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club and Aer Lingus’ AerClub programme. 

Updated Schedule 

Airport Route Start Date Frequency Aircraft 
Birmingham BHD-BHX 24-MAR-22 Up to 3x Daily ATR72-600 
Leeds Bradford BHD-LBA 27-MAR-22 Up to 2x Daily ATR72-600 
Manchester BHD-MAN 27-MAR-22 Up to 3x Daily ATR72-600 
Edinburgh BHD-EDI 27-MAR-22 Up to 2x Daily ATR72-600 
Exeter BHD-EXT 26-MAY-22 Up to 5x weekly ATR72-600 
Glasgow BHD-GLA 26-MAY-22 Daily ATR72-600 

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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