Virgin Atlantic saw their first flights for the summer season take off in style this week from Belfast International Airport.
The Mackin family from Lisburn, pictured with Louise Hamilton and Kim Rickell from Virgin Holidays and the Perry family, also from Lisburn were some of the first passengers to check in for the direct service from Belfast International to Orlando.
From 2018, the airline’s Belfast to Orlando route will run from March to September, more than trebling the number of seats from the Northern Irish capital to the sunshine state.
Launched in 2015, Virgin Atlantic’s seasonal service has proved a popular one, with additional seats being added to the route this year.
In Summer 2018 however, flights will peak at two per month during June and July, with a once weekly service operating for the rest of the season.
Uel Hoey, Business Development Director at Belfast International Airport, said, “We are thrilled to announce this extensive growth in Virgin’s Florida programme from Belfast for Summer 2018, the only direct flights offering the iconic Virgin product from the island of Ireland.
We are confident that good value in the exchange rate and the convenience and uncongested experience of using Belfast International Airport as a departure point will prove increasingly popular next year for passengers right across the north of the island of Ireland.”