BA relaunches Belfast-London flights

Mon, Jul 2, 2012, 01:00

British Airways has relaunched services between Northern Ireland and London Heathrow after an 11-year gap.

BA took over the route from BMI following the acquisition of its competitor recently. The deal increased BA’s owners the International Airline Group’s (IAG) control of landing slots at Heathrow.

The service between George Best Belfast City Airport and Heathrow is a staple for Northern Ireland businesses and a hub for worldwide travellers.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said he recognised the importance of the Heathrow link to the Northern Ireland economy.

“Belfast is now part of our global network so this is good news for the economy,” Mr Walsh added.

“It will provide much needed access to key global markets, supporting more inward investment and jobs.”

BA is maintaining the summer schedule of the service, six daily return flights, but will increase frequency during its winter schedule from October, adding an additional daily flight.

Mr Walsh said he was committed to Belfast.

“It is guaranteed for as long as it is a success,” he said.

“We will provide a service and we hope the service will be one our customers here in Northern Ireland want.”

He said it was a great opportunity to put Northern Ireland on the global stage.

“The economic desire to grow Northern Ireland is absolutely in line with our desire to see more people flying,” he added.

“Our interests are completely aligned, as long as this route succeeds we will be here, it is all to play for.”

PA