Belfast International Airport said Ryanair had informed it that it planned to withdraw its operations from there at the end of October.
Seasonal routes operated by the airline from Belfast City Airport are also due to stop at the end of the summer, which means that as of autumn, Ryanair appears to have no services operating to and from Northern Ireland.
The airline has not yet responded to inquiries about the reason for ending its services in the north.
“It is disappointing that Ryanair has now decided to withdraw its operations from the Northern Ireland market entirely at the end of October, having had a different presence at the three domestic airports in recent years,” a spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said.
“It has been a challenging period for aviation and a time when consumers need some stability and faith in Northern Ireland’s air transport network.”
People from the Republic of Ireland who travel abroad regularly use airports in the north to do so, including services offered by Ryanair.
Ryanair currently has flights to and from Alicante, Barcelona/Girona, Gdansk, Krakow, London Stansted, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan/Bergamo and Warsaw that operate out of Belfast International Airport.
The airport performed strong as travel restrictions eased after the lockdown and was the UK’s highest performing domestic airport in June, according to figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.
“As we were anticipating such a move, we have worked with existing and other new airlines to provide continuity on routes that Ryanair will vacate, and to help maintain employment in the aviation industry at a local level in Northern Ireland,” an airport spokesperson said.
To this end, we hope to be able to make announcements regarding the development of a new road in the near future.
Understandably, the airport is confident of refilling many of the routes vacated by Ryanair.
Separately, Ryanair is expected to end its summer flights from Belfast City Airport next month.
The airline currently operates flights between the airport, Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Ibiza, Mallorca, Malaga, Milan and Valencia.
earlier, Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary said the airline is on track to achieve updated guidance for passenger numbersMore than 10 million people have endured this month as post-pandemic recovery continues with strong bookings through the end of the year.
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