Burton Mail

Airline resumes flights after 11-year absence

- By JENNY MOODY jennifer.moody@reachplc.com @Jenny_moody85

A BUDGET airline is returning to East Midlands Airport for the first time in more than 10 years.

Easyjet last operated at the Castle Donington airport in 2009, and it will be offering flights to Belfast starting at £30.99 for a one-way flight.

This service means that people wanting to fly away for a holiday without worrying about the restrictio­ns involved in leaving the UK can set off on a flight to Belfast Internatio­nal Airport.

People can travel to both Northern Ireland and the Republic without any coronaviru­s tests or quarantine restrictio­ns.

The first service will take off on July 9 and the flights will operate up to four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Ali Gayward, easyjet’s UK country manager, said: “We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or have more opportunit­y to explore the UK so this new route from East Midlands should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.

“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK Government to add more countries to the green list – which can be done safely - to make this possible.

“We continue to have some of the most flexible policies currently in place so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to, making travel as easy as possible this summer.”

Clare James, East Midlands Airport’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome easyjet back to East Midlands Airport after a gap of 11 years.

“This is great news for our domestic connectivi­ty and for those who travel regularly between this region and Northern Ireland.

“It is a positive developmen­t in what has been a very difficult year for the aviation sector, and it is a significan­t boost for East Midlands Airport to have another leading airline operating here.

“We hope that this is the start of a very fruitful relationsh­ip with easyjet as we look to bounce back strongly post-pandemic.”

All easyjet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher providing even more last-minute flexibilit­y, reports Leicesters­hire live.

There are no restrictio­ns on dates or destinatio­ns – customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

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