Published on : Friday, July 24, 2020
The Manchester Airport is all set to witness the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from September 14. Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, has decided to base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport. The airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Manchester Airport to Belfast City Airport.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, already operates three routes from Manchester including Dublin, Cork and now Belfast City. Following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stobart Air, has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers. Stobart Air has also introduced new boarding and disembarkation procedures to reduce passenger interaction.
Passengers will board and disembark the aircraft in small groups and according to seat row numbers. Customers will also customers will scan their own boarding card and show their passport or ID to the staff member at the boarding gate, making this process contactless. Andy Jolly, Managing Director, Stobart Air said in a statement with regard to the latest action that Stobart Air has been challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the company have worked hard over the past number of months to protect the airline as well as position it for the future, once restrictions ease and passenger demand increases.
He mentioned that the carrier is pleased to establish a base at Belfast City to service flights to Manchester in collaboration with City Airport and Manchester Airport, along with partners, Aer Lingus. He shared that high frequency day-return flights from Manchester to Belfast City Airport will cater for both business and leisure travellers for direct, convenient and cost-effective flights.