Air Berlin, Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline, continued its European expansion—it will start flying from Belfast City Airport to seven destinations in Europe via its hub in London-Stansted. There will be departures morning and evening each way during the week, and one flight each way on Saturday and Sunday.
With fast trains from Stansted to Liverpool Street station in London’s financial district, and Air Berlin’s superfast transfer system including full baggage transfer at London Stansted, the airline is targeting both business customers going to the City and holidaymakers transferring onto Europe, as well as the typical low-cost customer who appreciates Air Berlin’s superior customer service.
The choice of Belfast City Airport will also enable short journey times into the city centre.
This move will open up Air Berlin’s onbound Europe-wide destinations from Stansted for the first time to passengers from Northern Ireland. These include Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Leipzig, Munster/Osnabruck, Nuremberg, Paderborn and Vienna. The service is also likely to make a positive contribution to the tourism industry in Northern Ireland.
Flights from Belfast start at GBP19 one-way including all taxes and surcharges to London-Stansted, and from GBP29 to European destinations. Air Berlin flights are low-cost but full-service, offering customers free food and drinks, flight flexibility, air miles and baggage transfer for connecting passengers.