Published on January 31st, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer


Aer Lingus Regional Increases Capacity from Belfast

Emerald Airlines has confirmed its commitment to serving Great Britain from Northern Ireland. The airline is adding over 15,000 seats immediately across its existing network from Belfast City, including services to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and Glasgow. The announcement comes just days after the collapse of FlyBe that left thousands of passengers stranded across the UK. With additional seats being introduced within the next week, the airline is in the midst of expanding its services on its existing route network. With more flights and more choices for the traveling public, the airline is progressively bolstering its Summer 2023 Schedule. Emerald Airlines will add 1ove 80,000, extra seats this Summer from Belfast City Airport. Emerald is due to take delivery of three more ATR 72-600 aircraft in the coming weeks. It is now expected these new additions to the fleet will be placed on the UK register and operate from Belfast City Airport. Emerald will operate on ten routes from Belfast during the summer 2023 season with Jersey and Newquay recently announced as new routes.

Emerald has also announced that it will hold open interviews for staff recently let go following the Flybe administration announcement. Emerald Airlines is holding open interviews on Thursday and Friday, the 2nd and 3rd of February in Maldron Hotel, Belfast. Based in Belfast City Airport, these roles include Direct Entry Captains, Co-Pilots, and Cabin Crew. 

Commenting on the announcement, Conor McCarthy, Executive Chairman of Emerald Airlines said: “We are developing and executing a comprehensive plan to ensure the continuation of reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable air travel from Belfast City Airport. Emerald Airlines are stepping up, safeguarding connectivity between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as we have done for the past 12 months. We are also eager to recruit former Flybe crew members to join our wonderful team at Belfast and will be actively engaged in interviewing candidates over the next week. We know how distressing this situation must be for all concerned, and our hearts go out to those who have lost their jobs over the weekend.” 

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