BRITISH Airways has relaunched services between Northern Ireland and London Heathrow after an 11-year gap.
BA took over the route from BMI following the acquisition of its competitor recently. The deal increased control of landing slots at Heathrow for BA’s owner the International Airline Group.
The service between George Best Belfast City Airport and Heathrow is a staple for Northern Ireland business people and a hub for worldwide travellers.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: “I publicly committed to serving Belfast if we acquired additional runway slots at Heathrow and the acquisition of BMI has given us the perfect opportunity to make that happen.”
He said the airline recognised the importance of the Heathrow link to the Northern Ireland economy.
“Belfast is now part of our global network so this is good news for the economy,” Mr Walsh added.
“It will provide much needed access to key global markets, supporting more inward investment and jobs.”
BA is maintaining the summer schedule of six daily return flights, but will increase frequency during its winter schedule from October.