From March 27th 2017, Aer Lingus will no longer offer a service from Belfast City Airport to Gatwick. The airline apologised to customers affected by the decision
A spokeswoman from Aer Lingus said: “Customers who had existing bookings on the route will be offered three alternative options: flights from Belfast City to London Heathrow, flights from Dublin Airport to London Gatwick or a full refund.
“Aer Lingus will communicate directly with customers about this schedule change in the coming days. While the Belfast City to Gatwick service will be discontinued Aer Lingus continues to operate a high frequency service between Belfast City and London Heathrow.
They reported that the service between Belfast City and Heathrow would “benefit from a 21% capacity increase due to the deployment of a larger A320 aircraft adding 35,000 extra seats over the 2016 summer schedule.”
A Belfast City Airport spokesperson said: “This news was not entirely unexpected and was a consequence of International Airlines Group’s (IAG) purchase of Aer Lingus.
“However, the decision by Aer Lingus to significantly increase capacity on its Heathrow service will be welcomed by passengers and the wider business community, essentially providing our customers with the flexibility of nine flights daily to Heathrow with IAG companies.
“Belfast City Airport has a strong portfolio of partner airlines – Flybe, British Airways, KLM, Vueling, Brussels Airlines – and we will continue to invest in our facilities to ensure they exceed the expectations of all our passengers.”
Even though this service will no longer be available, there is a rumour that a new service operated by Ryanair, from Belfast International is in the works however there has been no confirmation of comment from the Belfast International Aiport.