Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Brussels Airlines that it will launch a new flight from Brussels to Belfast for summer 2016. This new service, which will operate to Belfast City Airport five times per week, will help boost both leisure and business travel from Belgium to Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is also good news for tourism from other countries, as Brussels Airlines is a member of the Lufthansa Group and part of the Star Alliance – which means the new flight will also offer excellent connections to Belfast, via Brussels, from other European countries and Asia – making it easier for prospective visitors in those markets to get to Northern Ireland.
Working with relevant partners to attract new and additional direct air access services, and continuing to highlight ease of access to Northern Ireland from key markets on existing routes, are major priorities for Tourism Ireland. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is really good news for tourism to Northern Ireland in 2016. We look forward to co-operating with Brussels Airlines to maximise the promotion of this new flight to Belfast. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Brussels Airlines, Belfast City Airport and other tourism partners, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for this new service, as well as working with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to Northern Ireland.”
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
- In 2014, we welcomed almost 1.8 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £446 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.