Aer Lingus launches new Belfast base

Aer Lingus has founded a new base at Belfast. It will be the airline’s first centre outside of the Republic of Ireland and is part of the carrier’s bid to grow the business.Three A320 Airbus aircraft will be based at Belfast International airport and will primarily serve London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.

The airline said further short-haul routes from Belfast will be announced shortly.

The base gives the potential for up to one million passengers per year and involves an investment of 150 million euros. Over 100 jobs will be created by the new hub.