Posted on Wednesday 1 April 2015 by Ulster Business
Flybe is one of the airlines proposing new routes to Northern Ireland
Four airlines have applied to Westminster for a grant aid to start direct flights from Belfast to regional airports in England, as well as one from City of Derry Airport to Dublin.
Links Air, Stobart Air, Flybe and City Wings have put their proposals to the Department of Transport for the funding which is available for regional airports which handle less than 5m passengers a year.
City Wings has put forward plans for a double daily return service and single return on Sundays from City of Derry Airport to Dublin.
Flybe has applied for funding for a weekday return service from Derry Airport to Birmingham beginning in October 2016.
Links Air plans to start a double daily return service, single return on Sundays, from Durham Tees Valley in the north east of England to Belfast from September this year.
Stobart Air, which is part-owned by the Stobart group and operates services under other airlines brands, proposes a daily return service to Belfast from Carlisle, from April 2016.
It’s not clear whether the services will service George Best Belfast City Airport or Belfast International Airport.
The routes are part of a 19-strong list of services which have been proposed for routes across the UK, most of which are accounted for by Flybe.
A short-list of the routes which have passed the initial application stage will be made in early May and successful bids will be known in July.