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The EU consider the island of Ireland as a territorial entity whilst the future relationships between UK and Ireland nations are for continuing negotiations between Brussels, Dublin and Westminster. Air and rail services are resolved as far as I am aware. Even as UK has left the EU, the treaty of accession has yet to be repealed this UK remains bound by the treaty provisions until transition period ends, set at 31 Dec. 2020.

Brexit is not yet done.
 

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jfy1999

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BHD is being loaded on the website. It will be 3 daily except on Saturday which is 2 daily, and starts on September 14th although the first few days are marked “sold out”.

Schedule (Mon-Fri):

BHD 0650 - BHX 0805
BHX 0850 - BHD 1015
BHD 1430 - BHX 1545
BHX 1615 - BHD 1730
BHD 1805 - BHX 1920
BHX 1955 - BHD 2110
 

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Full Press release


BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT ANNOUNCES BIRMINGHAM - BELFAST CITY AIRPORT ROUTE FROM 14 SEPTEMBER

  • Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, to open new base at Belfast City Airport
  • Airline to operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham
  • Commenting on the announcement, Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “Belfast City is such a popular route from the Midlands so we are delighted to receive the news that Stobart Air has chosen to expand its network into Birmingham.
Birmingham Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from 14 September 2020 it was announced today.

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

The airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport with fares starting from £29.99 one way including taxes.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, operates four routes from Birmingham including Dublin, Cork, Shannon and now Belfast City.

Stobart Air, following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers. New measures include:

Enhanced aircraft cleaning:

To ensure the wellbeing of our passengers and crew, enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures have been introduced for the aircraft cabin, which are in addition to the existing aircraft cleaning schedule. Each aircraft, including seats, armrests and tray tables will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses for 24 hours.

On board measures:

Face coverings or masks are mandatory on all flights operated by Stobart Air for customers and cabin crew respectively, with the exception of small children and those who are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons. The face coverings can be in the form of a reusable cloth mask or a disposable mask and it is recommended that these are worn from the time passengers enter the departure airport to the time they leave their destination airport.

Initially, when flights resume, the in-flight service will be suspended to reduce interaction between our crew and passengers. Passengers will be encouraged to remain seated while on board.

At the airport:

Stobart Air have introduced new boarding and disembarkation procedures to reduce passenger interaction. Passengers will board and disembark the aircraft in small groups and according to seat row numbers. At the boarding gate, customers will scan their own boarding card and show their passport or ID to the staff member, making this process contactless.

Commenting on the announcement, Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said:

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Stobart Air has been challenged and we have worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline and to position us for the future, once restrictions ease and passenger demand increases.

“Working with Belfast City Airport and Birmingham Airport, along with our partners, Aer Lingus we are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City to service flights to Birmingham.

“High frequency day-return flights from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport will cater for both business and leisure travellers for direct, convenient and cost-effective flights.


We continuously strive to provide our passengers with frequent, convenient and affordable services. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route from Birmingham from 14 September.”

Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said,

This is really fantastic news for Birmingham Airport and the Midlands region. Belfast City has always been a popular route due to the location of the airport and strength of business and leisure traffic between the two cities. After such a challenging year, we are delighted to receive the news that Stobart Air has chosen to expand its network into Birmingham, and we look forward to welcoming the fights starting in September.”

Flights from Birmingham to Belfast start from £29.99 one way including taxes and are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com.

Aer Lingus Regional Birmingham-Belfast flights will operate up to four times daily. The flight schedule is as follows:

Mon – Sat
AirportDeparture timeAirportArrival time
Belfast06:50Birmingham08:05
Birmingham08:50Belfast10:15
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
AirportDeparture timeAirportArrival time
Belfast10:40Birmingham11:55
Birmingham12:25Belfast13:40
Daily excluding Saturday
AirportDeparture timeAirportArrival time
Belfast14:30Birmingham15:45
Birmingham16:15Belfast17:30
Daily excluding Saturday
AirportDeparture timeAirportArrival time
Belfast18:05Birmingham19:20
Birmingham19:55Belfast21:10
 

Ray Finkle

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The A321 could be just the right aircraft to the USA for airports such as Birmingham.

When it comes to BHX I have to wonder if the resources are there to get something like this over the line, especially when you consider the competition.

I don't think I'll hold my breath on this one.

I wonder how serious Aer Lingus are about this or is it a ploy to add some pressure on the current restrictions?
 

HPsauce

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To be honest, any transatlantic routes from BHX would be most welcome, and it might force other airlines both here and US based in particular, to look at Birmingham?. A very difficult time to start but if done sensibly could be a winner.
 

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The Americans have proved to be short term operators meanwhile a home based carrier like Aer Lingus might, just might be able to fill the gaps left by United and the rest. The unspoken ones never really got going yet our existing carriers have solid foundations and possibly the nerve to start new services.
 

rollo

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I don't think its quite fair to say the Americans were short term after all Continental/United lasted 20 years or so to Newark and Americans service to Chicago using daily 767s lasted a good few years ( five plus?) until it was undone by 9/11 or so they claimed.

Yes Americans service to JFK did not last long then again BAs service to JFK didn't fair much better and going way back to the 1970s neither did BOAC efforts in fact they were a disaster and we won't mention Primera.
 

jfy1999

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Never thought I’d see Aer Lingus “do a Ryanair“ and threaten a move to another country! But even if they are serious things could all change again very quickly depending on what happens at the end of the UK-EU transition period and whether the UK or the EU is first to get a US trade deal.

In other news, it seems BHD has not been performing as well as hoped as it has been reduced to 1x daily on some days where it was previously 2/3 daily.
 

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