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Increase in flights from Belfast to Amsterdam

Published: 23 March 2011

easyJet is adding extra flights to its Belfast International Airport - Amsterdam schedule due to increasing demand from business and leisure travellers.

The airline currently operates daily flights from Belfast to the Dutch capital. Now, four additional weekly flights have been added which will depart from Belfast International at 09:30 on Mondays and Fridays, and from Amsterdam at 12:25 on the same days. The extra flights will operate from 2 September, with fares from £23.99, one way including taxes.

Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager, said: “The Belfast to Amsterdam route has been a great success since we launched it in January 2001. “The city has always been a big attraction for business people and holidaymakers going on short breaks or longer stays, and critically we also experience significant inbound business and tourism traffic on the route from the Netherlands into Northern Ireland. “If the demand continues we will certainly consider adding even more flights on the route at peak times.”

Ann McGregor, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said: “European markets are very important to the Northern Ireland business community, and an increasing number of people have Amsterdam on their agenda. “We wholeheartedly welcome easyJet’s decision to introduce extra morning flights on Mondays and Fridays, which will allow more time to be spent on business activity.”

Uel Hoey, business development director at Belfast International Airport, said: “We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with easyJet since it started its Belfast operation with flights to Luton in September 1998. “The extra Amsterdam flights are just one indicator of the success of this relationship. We are particularly glad to give local people the opportunity to do business in Europe, as well as helping to provide a vital airbridge to cultivate business links and draw tourists directly into our region.”

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