Aer Lingus Regional begins new route from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional has launched a new route from George Best Belfast City Airport to Edinburgh.

Dublin-based Aer Lingus Regional has launched a new route from George Best/Belfast City Airport to Edinburgh.

The service, which is operated by Stobart Air, will connect passengers from Northern Ireland to the Scottish capital up to three times daily, "providing choice and convenience for passengers," the airline said in a statement.

Aer Lingus Regional ATR 72
The route is being operated using an ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. Aer Lingus Regional

Edinburgh is the first of six new routes that Aer Lingus Regional will commence from Belfast City, with Birmingham, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds Bradford and Manchester to follow in a phased approach, in line with passenger demand and Government guidance.

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “Edinburgh has always been a very popular route from Belfast City, and we are delighted Aer Lingus Regional has re-established this service since it was left vacant by Flybe.

"Having already enjoyed eight successful years with Aer Lingus on our London Heathrow service, we are looking forward to working with the airline again, in partnership with Stobart Air, to further grow and strengthen our route network.”

The inaugural service was operated on an ATR 72-600 aircraft, of which five are now based at Belfast City Airport and will be used to service these six new routes.