Since March, flights between London City and Belfast City have been at a halt. But on Monday the airline is again operating flights for the first time since the airline Flybe was not operating flights to these routes.
However, BA CityFlyer will operate five return flights per week.
However, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said it was “excellent news for Northern Ireland. And the connectivity of the entire United Kingdom”.
In addition, he said, “It is crucial to the recovery of the economy that vital air passenger services to and from London and Belfast City Airport are maintained.”
However, London City-Belfast City was one of the major regional routes. The airline suspended these routes when it went bust due to the pandemic.
Some 211,000 passengers flew between the airports in 2019.
This was up 15% on the previous year, making it the fastest growing route for London City.
Response from London
Robert Sinclair, chief executive of London City, told that there was “strong demand for it to return”.
He commented, “The return of our Belfast City route is great news for passengers, businesses and both airports during what is a challenging time for everyone.”
“The ability to quickly and easily get in to and out of the heart of two of the UK’s capital cities is only going to help the recovery.”
Mr. Sinclair insisted passengers can “book and travel in confidence.” Due to “a comprehensive range of measures in place to keep them safe at both airports and onboard”.
In addition, he said, “I’m confident this route will be successful. And can play an important role in London City Airport’s own recovery.”
However, London City was close for nearly three months from March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Belfast City commercial director Katy Best said, “With many organizations now welcoming employees back to the workplace. The launch of this popular business route is extremely timely. And commuters will warmly welcome the service with no doubt.”
However, due to the pandemic traveling was at a halt. It caused many airlines to suffer financially and take some serious steps when they never wanted to take. Many airlines laid-off employees, grounded their operations and even retired their fleet.
But during the summer holiday season travel was rebounding but again people are not booking flights as the airlines were expecting them to.