Sun, sea, cities and Alps as easyJet launches more new routes from Belfast
THREE more popular European destinations have been added to easyJet's roster from Belfast from later this year - Prague, Salzburg and Fuerteventura.
And it brings to 35 the number of routes now served by Northern Ireland’s largest airline, which now has six aircraft based at Aldergrove, from where it has operated for the last 18 years.
Tickets for all three go on sale this Thursday, and the first to take off will be the service to Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, departing from Belfast International on October 29.
EasyJet will operate twice weekly to 'the City of a Hundred Spires' on Mondays and Fridays on an A319 aircraft, with fares starting from £24.68 one way, and it says it expects to carry 11,100 customers in the first winter of operation.
Two days later (October 31) sees the start of the service to Fuerteventura, the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean 100km off the north coast of Africa and offering virtually all-year-round sunshine.
It is expected to carry 13,000 customers in its first winter of operation, with flights operating on an A320 aircraft each Wednesday and Saturday, with fares starting from £26.70 one way.
And the service to the Austrian city of Salzburg, close to the border with Germany and offering stunning views of the Eastern Alps commence on December 13.
They will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on an A320 aircraft with fares starting from £24.68 one way per person. The new service is expected to carry 8,280 customers in the first winter of operation.
EasyJet’s UK country manager Ali Gayward said: "We're thrilled to further strengthen our network at Belfast with these three new routes which we believe will prove popular additions to our existing network.
“Last month we based an additional aircraft at Belfast, enabling us to deliver long term, sustainable growth and provide passengers with a greater range of destinations.”
Belfast International Airport's business development director Uel Hoey added: “This is a win-win-win for the airline, airport and Northern Ireland. It will be good for city breaks, in-bound tourism, culture, winter sun and ski.
"Seven new routes are a direct result of easyJet’s recent decision to base a sixth aircraft with us, and we welcome the airline’s long-term commitment to sustainable growth.”