- Fly Atlantic to launch as a serious worldwide airline primarily based in Belfast
- New direct routes to North America, Nice Britain and continental Europe from Belfast Worldwide
- As much as 21,000 new jobs to be created by 2030
Fly Atlantic right now (22 November) unveiled its plans to launch a brand new low-cost transatlantic airline primarily based at Belfast Worldwide Airport offering reasonably priced direct flights to the US and Canada in addition to a spread of recent British and continental European locations.
As soon as absolutely operational Fly Atlantic plans to function 35 locations from Belfast with 1,000 jobs created throughout the airline and as much as 21,000 in tourism and help sectors.
The airline plans to function from Summer time 2024 with flights out there on the market at the start of that 12 months. The brand new airline will create a serious hub at Belfast Worldwide linking visitors to/from Europe with Northern American locations to complement native passenger numbers.
Belfast Worldwide was chosen as a base airport towards robust competitors from different airports within the UK and Eire. The airline will initially function six plane at its Antrim base, rising to a fleet of 18 by 2028. The airline is in dialogue with each Boeing and Airbus over plane, with the selection being between the Boeing MAX and the Airbus A321.
Fly Atlantic’s Chief Govt Andrew Pyne outlined the explanations for selecting to base the airline in Northern Eire:
“Our imaginative and prescient is of Belfast as a robust aviation hub linking Europe and North America. The shortage of direct transatlantic air providers has clearly been an obstacle to Northern Eire’s financial and tourism improvement, which we now intend to take away. The venture is usually a game-changer. We can be providing reasonably priced fares with brand-new plane. We have already got workplaces on the airport and can now be constructing out the infrastructure to help the airline’s launch. We begin recruiting for the group early in 2023.”
“We checked out many choices all through the UK and Eire. Belfast Worldwide and Vinci stood out by way of the services that they provided us and by their enthusiasm for and dedication to creating this venture a actuality. Northern Eire has a proud aviation and engineering historical past, and we’re delighted to have the ability to construct on this custom as we develop the airline and its help features.”
Mr Pyne additionally acknowledged the help obtained from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council:
“The Council has been proper behind the venture from the beginning. Its dedication and constant help have been key components in deciding to base right here. We’re happy that the Council shares our imaginative and prescient for Fly Atlantic and for the way forward for Belfast Worldwide as a serious hub airport. That is an airline that may ship larger connectivity and assist transmit Northern Eire’s distinctive id to a world viewers.”
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross mentioned:
“The announcement by Fly Atlantic is improbable information not just for the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough however for Northern Eire as a complete. Due to Fly Atlantic and Belfast Worldwide Airport’s distinctive partnership we are going to quickly be capable to provide direct entry to worldwide locations. Bettering connectivity is a key a part of our Financial Growth Technique and we’re delighted that Fly Atlantic has chosen Belfast Worldwide Airport to grow to be a hub, providing direct flights to North America, UK, and Europe.
“This can be a key second for Northern Eire and is essentially the most vital native aviation announcement in latest historical past. Belfast Worldwide Airport is the best hub for Fly Atlantic to base its operations as a consequence of its location, drive, and talent to supply unparalleled expertise and routes for passengers,” mentioned Alderman Ross.
Welcoming Fly Atlantic’s dedication to being primarily based at Belfast Worldwide, Graham Keddie, Managing Director of Belfast Worldwide Airport, mentioned:
“We welcome the announcement by Fly Atlantic and sit up for them bringing this venture to fruition as it might have very actual financial advantages for Northern Eire’s financial system and would additional improve our worldwide connectivity”.