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Management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) this morning celebrated the start of Flybe’s brand new route between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Belfast City Airport.

Passengers have the choice of up to three flights a day with the first departing from Liverpool at 08:25 and the last flight returning from Belfast City at 19:15. There is one return flight on both Saturday and Sunday. The summer schedule, which begins on 29th March, will see the addition of a fourth return flight each weekday and an extra rotation on Saturdays.

To mark the inaugural flight, Jordan Morgan who was the first passenger to check-in this morning, was welcomed and presented with a bottle of champagne courtesy of the Airport and complimentary flights from Flybe. Jordan, an aviation enthusiast, booked to travel today especially so that he could be on the first flight.

Managers at LJLA believe this new route could generate an additional 50,000 departing passengers per year through the Airport. Belfast has a well-established Business and Financial Services sector and the new service is expected to be particularly popular with the region’s business passengers, who can now fly direct from Liverpool to Belfast City Airport and be in the City’s business district just 10 minutes after leaving the airport.

Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, added: “This is the first new route of the year for the airport and it was great to be able to welcome the first passengers on the service today. We’re delighted to see the growth of Flybe’s business from here and will continue to look at further opportunities for Flybe to serve the Liverpool City Region, at what is an exciting time for the airline, ourselves and the Liverpool City Region.”

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We are committed to providing easy and affordable connectivity throughout the UK at competitive prices with maximum flexibility and choice. This new service has multi audience appeal. Business customers will benefit from our speedy city-to-city connection, football fans from NI can now enjoy easy travel to their favourite Liverpool stadium and the thousands of cross-water students engaged in further education in will also benefit from competitive fares and Flybe’s generous student baggage allowance.”

Full details of the schedule are available at www.flybe.com and one way fares are from £24.99 one way including taxes and charges.

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