News has emerged that Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.ie) is considering using the International Airport at Aldergrove, Belfast as it’s new UK hub. If this comes to fruition it could bring an estimated 1,000 jobs to the area. Aer Lingus are looking at expanding their UK operations and they see that Belfast would be an ideal location. One of the main routes planned, is the reinstatement of the Belfast/Heathrow route.
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Now this just confuses us here at eirjobs no end, we’ve been scratching our heads on this one. Why does Aer Lingus think that locating it’s UK hub away from all the major cities in the UK a good idea ? Do they think that people would fly via Belfast to get to their destinations ? Granted it could be of benefit when the Open Skies agreement comes in to operation, where Belfast can be used as a stepping stone to go West. But for the regular European flights I can’t see many people opting to fly via Belfast.