EasyJet has put 12 new domestic flights on sale to meet demand for UK domestic travel.
Three new UK airports are being added to the budget airline’s domestic network, including launching operations from Belfast City airport to Gatwick.
EasyJet will also be returning to Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports with new flights to and from Belfast International airport, routes previously served by the Stobart Air-operated Aer Lingus Regional.
The budget airline has also put more than 60,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from Belfast International to Birmingham from July 3 operating 22 times a week; to Manchester from July 9 operating 27 times a week; to Edinburgh from July 2 operating 22 times a week; and to Glasgow from the same day operating 20 times a week.
The effort comes as airlines face government restrictions to international travel ahead of the summer peak, with easyJet shifting capacity to other parts of Europe.
New routes now on sale include:
- Belfast International to East Midlands with fares starting from £22.99
- Belfast International to Leeds Bradford with fares starting from £22.99
- Gatwick to Belfast City airport with fares starting from £28.99
- Bristol to Jersey with fares starting from £14.99
- Bristol to Aberdeen with fares starting from £24.99
- Manchester to Aberdeen with fares starting from £22.99
- Manchester to Edinburgh with fares starting from £30.99
- Birmingham to Jersey with fares starting from £14.99
- Birmingham to Newquay with fares starting from £22.99
- Liverpool to Bournemouth with fares starting from £22.99
- Inverness to Newquay with fares starting from £22.99
- Newcastle to Jersey with fares starting from £14.99
UK country manager Ali Gayward said: “We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or to explore the UK so these additional new routes today should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.
“We were sorry to see the news about Stobart Air and so are pleased to continue to provide key regional connectivity from Belfast International airport to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as launching easyJet operations for the very first time from Belfast City airport to London Gatwick.
“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the green list – which can be done safely – to make this possible.”
Leeds Bradford airport aviation and commercial director John Cunliffe said: “The announcement of the new route to Belfast International airport further strengthens the connectivity between Northern Ireland and the Leeds city region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London.
“The service will have strong appeal to both business and leisure travellers alike, with an array of touristic opportunities for a UK staycation available at both ends of the route and, of course, a welcome opportunity to safely reunite with friends and family.”
Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon airport aviation development director, said: “We know many of the region’s travellers are having to look closer to home this year for a summer break, so this link to Bournemouth for the first time by easyJet will give passengers a fast and convenient way to travel to the beautiful south coast and areas such as Dorset and the New Forest.”