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New services to Cardiff and Southampton have taken off from George Best Belfast City Airport with Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Emerald Airlines.

The new routes will provide passengers with additional choice and frequency when connecting with Wales and the south coast of England.

Michelle Hatfield, Corporate Services Director at Belfast City Airport, said:

“As one of the largest airline partners at Belfast City Airport, the addition of more Aer Lingus Regional services is fantastic for both business and leisure passengers wishing to travel to the UK.

“Passengers have been asking for further connections to Cardiff and Southampton and we are thrilled that we have been able to deliver in time for the busy summer period.”

Aer Lingus Regional’s service from Belfast City Airport to Cardiff is the only air link to Wales from Northern Ireland, giving passengers convenient and cost-effective connections to the Welsh capital.

Commenting on the announcement, Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said:

“We are delighted to commence our Cardiff and Southampton services from Belfast, providing those travelling from Belfast with more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.

We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Cardiff and Southampton are great new connections that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights from Belfast.”

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Aer Lingus Regional

The two new routes to Cardiff and Southampton will add to Aer Lingus Regional’s extensive portfolio of routes available from Belfast City Airport, which includes Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, and Manchester.

This takes the total number of destinations available from Belfast City Airport to 21.

Belfast City Airport, only five minutes from the city centre, was recently named the UK’s Most Punctual Airport for Q1 2022 and boasts an average security time of only six minutes.

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BHD – Cardiff Schedule

From To Start Date Frequency Dep Time
Belfast Cardiff 07 July M Th F S Su 10:10
Cardiff Belfast 07 July M Th F S Su 12:00

BHD – Southampton Schedule


From To Start Date Frequency Dep Time
Belfast Southampton 07 July M T W TH F SU 15:00
Southampton Belfast 07 July M T W TH F SU 17:10
Belfast Southampton 07 July S 09:55
Southampton Belfast 07 July S 12:05 
  • Belfast City Airport is owned by a fund managed by 3i
  • The airport’s airline partners are Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, KLM, and Loganair
  • Destinations served by the airport –

o   Aberdeen

o   Amsterdam

o   Birmingham

o   Bristol

o   Cardiff

o   Dundee

o   East Midlands

o   Edinburgh

o   Exeter

o   Glasgow

o   Inverness

o   Leeds Bradford

o   London City

o   London Gatwick

o   London Heathrow

o   Manchester

o   Newcastle

o   Palma de Mallorca

o   Southampton

o   Teesside International


About Emerald Airlines:

Based out of Dublin, Emerald Airlines is Ireland’s newest regional airline and exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional route network. Offering a range of solutions including Franchise, wet lease, and Private Charter flying, Emerald Airlines’ dedicated team of aviation specialists will provide customers with the fleet solutions to meet specific needs.

The airline currently flies 540 flights per week across 20 routes.

Emerald has also established an airline company in Northern Ireland (Emerald Airlines UK Ltd) and has applied to the UK CAA for a UK AOC and Operating Licence. Once Emerald Airlines has been granted its UK AOC, British Airways customers will continue to be able to purchase through and continue to enjoy all the benefits through its codeshare agreement with Emerald Airlines.

The Emerald management team comprises highly experienced aviation professionals with extensive worldwide aviation experience. Emerald Airlines will provide a high-quality and customer-focused service for their airline client’s route networks. Guided by a set of core values, Emerald Airlines’ mission is to safely grow the business sustainability through innovation, expertise, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of our customers and airline partners.

About AerClub & Avios Redemption

AerClub, the Aer Lingus’ loyalty programme, recognises the most loyal and frequent Aer Lingus flyers through a four-tier structure. Earn Tier Credits based on frequency and spend with Aer Lingus – the more earned in each 12-month qualification period the further you advance. Tier Credits are earned on Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional ticketed and operated flights.

There are four AerClub membership tiers: Green, Silver, Platinum and Concierge. Each tier will have a unique combination of travel benefits, which may include lounge access, priority check-in, priority boarding and bonus points earning. The more Tier Credits collected, the quicker members will move up to the next membership tier and the more travel benefits they will enjoy.

AerClub is powered by Avios, a leader in travel rewards that manages the reward currency for multiple global loyalty programmes, including the British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus. Working with Avios, Aer Lingus can give AerClub members access to a global network of partners where they can collect Avios and turn them into flights and travel experiences and now with the launch of Pay with Avios members can enjoy money off their flights. Flying on Aer Lingus Regional flights operated by Emerald Airlines, passengers can benefit from the AerClub loyalty programme by redeeming and utilising their Avios points.