Stobart Air adds Cardiff to summer schedule from Belfast City

The new service is set to commence at the end of June, enhancing connectivity between the two countries

The operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes, Stobart Air has revealed plans to boost its network from Belfast City Airport by adding Cardiff to its summer schedule.

Commencing on June 28, the new service to the Welsh capital will operate four times per week, increasing connectivity between Northern Ireland and Wales.

Belfast City Airport
Photo Belfast City Airport 

“Stobart Air already boasts an impressive network from Belfast City Airport, serving key destinations across both England and Scotland. With the welcome addition of this Cardiff service, the airline now adds Wales to that portfolio, creating a UK-wide offering to customers in Northern Ireland,” said Ellie McGimpsey, aviation development manager at Belfast City Airport.

“We are delighted by the announcement, which not only strengthens our partnership with Stobart Air and Aer Lingus Regional, but also further enhances the choice and convenience we promise to our passengers, and we look forward to the route taking off later in June.”

Currently, the airport conducts flights from Belfast City to Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford, Heathrow and Manchester. The carrier also recently announced the addition of Newquay to its growing summer schedule.

Andy Jolly, managing director at Stobart Air, said the airline is urging the government to work alongside the sector to “restore confidence in aviation and facilitate the resumption of safe air travel”.

He added: “Anticipating a successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout which will allow air travel to resume safely later this year, we are pleased to add this route from Belfast to Cardiff to our network. We believe this new connection will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights between Belfast and Cardiff.”

The Aer Lingus regional service to the Welsh capital will operate on one of five ATR72-600 aircraft that are permanently based at the Northern Irish hub.