Flights between Cardiff and Belfast are resuming after a year as the flight link between the two cities came to an end.
However, Eastern Airways said on Wednesday that it will start up to six flights a week. Therefore these flights will be from Cardiff Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport starting from January 11, 2021.
However, there will be no direct air link to Wales other than this service, to the entire island of Ireland. As the Flyby collapsed in March.
Spencer Birns, Interim CEO at Cardiff Airport said, “Today’s announcement is a hugely positive step. And we are happy that Eastern Airways has stepped in to reinstate a regular service between Cardiff and Belfast. Offering vital connectivity between Wales and Northern Ireland.”
In addition, he said, “Belfast has been one of our most in-demand routes. Since Flybe entered administration for both customers traveling for work or to visit friends and family. We’d like to thank Eastern Airways for their continued confidence in regional connectivity from Cardiff.”
However, Flybe was previously operating the popular route to Belfast before the airline started operating in March 2020. As a result, there has been a huge demand to reinstate the service.
Providing the Service
However, initially Jetstream is operating the Cardiff to Belfast City service, with 41 aircraft seating 29 passengers. It will operate on all weekdays and Sundays, with fares starting from just £79.99 each way.
Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said, “Today’s announcement that Belfast City Airport will once again operate flights to Cardiff is extremely welcome news for passengers who regularly travel to Wales.”
Roger Hage, GM Commercial & Operations for Eastern Airways added, “Ensuring the right services and frequencies are offered as passenger confidence returns is essential.”
In addition, he said, “As the UK’s regional airline serving all four home nations. The introduction of a Cardiff service combined with the increase in frequency on both our Belfast City to Southampton and Teesside International routes means connectivity between Northern Ireland and both England and Wales is already in place as the appetite for travel increases.”
“We are all about regional connections of people and places. And are carefully adding long-term sustainable offers to our network that, in this adding a further Belfast-City service to one of our established bases in Cardiff.”