Belfast City Airport greets new budget carrier

The new Vueling service will begin next spring

The new Vueling service will begin next spring

George Best Belfast City Airport has confirmed the arrival a new airline to the province with the launch next year of a new service by budget carrier Vueling.

The firm is part of IAG, run by Willie Walsh, and will begin a twice weekly service to Barcelona in May 2015.

The airline has plans for growth with Belfast City Airport being one of a number of new routes from its Barcelona El Prat base announced.

“It remains our aim to attract new airlines to Northern Ireland and facilitate more direct European routes from Belfast,” said airport CEO Brian Ambrose.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to work with Vueling whose strategy is to partner with airports that have high levels of customer service and are aimed at business travellers.”

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said: “We look forward to co-operating with Vueling to maximise the promotion of this new service. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.

Visit belfast CEO Gerry Lennon said developing direct access routes from European cities to Belfast was “crucial to supporting the continued growth of the tourism industry and we look forward to welcoming thousands of new and existing business and leisure travellers from Spain after the first of the Vueling flights start to arrive.”

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