Spanish Airline Vueling, an IAG member airline, has launched its first route to Belfast International Airport, from Paris Orly.
- First time that Northern Ireland has been connected to Paris-Orly airport
- First time that Vueling, an IAG airline, will operate from Belfast International Airport
The flight was welcomed by Chief Executive of Visit Belfast Gerry Lennon and airport Business Development Director Uel Hoey. The service will operate twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, on an A321 aircraft and will depart Paris Orly at 17:55 and arrive in Belfast at 18:45.
This positive achievement for Belfast International Airport marks a series of firsts:
- This will be the first time that Paris-Orly has been served from Northern Ireland and will be a welcome boost for local travellers visiting the French capital and surrounding area.
- Vueling are the first IAG airline to operate regular service to Belfast International Airport since 2001, showing the airport’s capacity to attract new airlines, building on VINCI Airports’ best practices and network of partner airlines.
- For the first time Northern Ireland is now connected to both the two major Paris airports, showing the commitment of Belfast International Airport and VINCI Airports teams to develop connectivity and bring maximum travel options to their passengers. This route offers passengers a new gateway to the “city of lights” and to Vueling’s sunny network.
Passengers can travel with complete peace of mind, thanks in particular to the VINCI Airports global campaign “Protecting each other” providing enhanced hygiene measures throughout the terminal. For the convenience of passengers Belfast International Airport also has COVID-19 testing facility available on site.
Uel Hoey, Business Development Director, Belfast International Airport said: “We are thrilled to have Vueling, an IAG member airline, commence services from Belfast International Airport. This is a new route and new airline for Belfast International Airport and is a real boost for the local travel industry.”
Yvonne Moynihan, Legal Counsel from Vueling said: “I am thrilled to be here for the inaugural flight to Belfast from Paris Orly with Vueling. In the aftermath of the pandemic, our goal is to be part of the revitalization of tourism and Vueling’s proposition will enhance travel options for all our customers. We are committed to offering our customers great customer service and value fares.”
Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive, Visit Belfast said: “Connectivity is crucial to Belfast and Northern Ireland’s tourism recovery, so we’re delighted to welcome Vueling’s new service from Paris as a hugely important step in rebuilding our visitor economy. After such a challenging period for our travel industry, the introduction of this service is also a real vote of confidence for Belfast. As the gateway to Northern Ireland, this service will enable us to reengage with one of our key markets in continental Europe, support our efforts in re-establishing the Belfast City Region as an exciting, vibrant leisure and business destination and importantly see a welcome return of international visitors here.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The launch of the new Vueling flight from Paris to Belfast is really good news for overseas tourism to Northern Ireland and another important step on the road to recovery for our sector. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated and this new flight will certainly expand travel options for French holidaymakers wishing to visit Northern Ireland. We already work closely with Vueling and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Belfast International Airport, Vueling and our other key partners, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for flights to Northern Ireland.”
About Belfast International Airport
Belfast international airport is the principal gateway for Northern Ireland, operating to over 70 destinations across UK, Europe and beyond. Belfast international airport is operated by VINCI Airports www.belfastairport.com
About VINCI Airports
VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, manages 52 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. We harness our expertise as a comprehensive integrator to develop, finance, build and operate airports, while leveraging our investment capability and expertise in optimising operational performance, modernising infrastructure, and driving environmental transition. VINCI Airports became the first airport operator to start rolling out an international environmental strategy, in 2016, with a view to achieving net zero emissions throughout its network by 2050.www.vinci-airports.com
Vueling is a member of the International Airlines Group (IAG) and plays a key role in ensuring connectivity in Spain, Europe’s largest domestic market. As a result, it also plays a key role in the economic development of the country, making a vital contribution to the tourism industry. This summer, the company operated more than 320 short and medium-haul routes in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East with its fleet of Airbus A319, A320, A320neo and A321 aircraft.