Low-cost carrier bmibaby adds more Belfast flights
A low-cost airline is to provide extra flights as Ryanair pulls out of Belfast.
Airport news for Flights,Belfast on 06/09/2010.
Low-cost airline bmibaby is scheduling extra flights out of Belfast International Airport to fill the void left after Ryanair said it would be pulling out of Belfast. Bmibaby announced it will operate five more flights per week to East Midlands. As of 31 October, Ryanair will no longer operate out of Belfast City Airport. Ryanair blames delays gaining approval for a runway extension mired in controversy. Bmibaby will now operate three flights per day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It will have two flights on Sundays.
Michael O’Leary, the chief executive of Ryainair generated a row with government ministers after he blasted them over development delays at the airport. The airline says it will offer the 50 employees who currently work on the Belfast routes the chance to redeploy. Mr O’Leary said, however, that pulling out of Belfast would result in the loss of a 1,000 further jobs that depend on the Belfast flights. A planning application to extend the runway by some 600m was lodged two years ago. The development would have opened the airport up to more distant destinations. However, the Stormont government referred the application to a public inquiry, leading Mr O’Leary to pull Ryanair out of the city.