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Aer Lingus to maintain Belfast City to Heathrow route after BA drops out

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BRITISH Airways has said its decision to pull out of its Belfast City Airport to Heathrow link is a temporary response to the impact of Covid-19.

BA began code-sharing the route with fellow IAG airline Aer Lingus in 2015.

Aer Lingus will continue to operate the flight around five times a week. It's understood the move is a response to the drop in passengers flying at present.

The Heathrow link is one of two commercial passenger routes remaining in the north during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish airline Loganair is continuing with its public service obligation route between City of Derry Airport and London Southend.

In a statement, Belfast City Airport said: “We understand this is a temporary suspension of the British Airways service to London Heathrow which comes as a result of the airline's review of its short haul network across various markets due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The Belfast Heathrow route remains an important service within the British Airways network and to the local economy.

“We fully expect the airline to restore capacity as and when demand returns and Government legislation allows.

“Aer Lingus continues to operate a five-times-weekly service to London Heathrow to facilitate essential travel for key workers.”

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