Low-Cost Transatlantic Airline chooses Northern Ireland as its base

Fly Atlantic has announced its plans to launch a new low-cost transatlantic airline based at Belfast International Airport providing direct flights to the US and Canada as well as a range of new European destinations.

Once fully operational, the new airline plans to operate 35 destinations from Belfast from Summer 2024 and will create a major hub at Belfast International linking traffic to/from Europe with Northern American destinations.

The airline will initially operate six aircraft at its Antrim base at Belfast International and wil expand the fleet to 18 by 2028. The airline is in discussion with both Boeing and Airbus over aircraft, with the choice being between the Boeing MAX and the Airbus A321.

Fly Atlantic’s Chief Executive Andrew Pyne outlined the reasons for choosing to base the airline in Northern Ireland:Our vision is of Belfast as a strong aviation hub linking Europe and North America. The lack of direct transatlantic air services has clearly been an impediment to Northern Ireland’s economic and tourism development, which we now intend to remove. The project can be a gamechanger. We will be offering affordable fares with brand new aircraft. We already have offices at the airport and will now be building out the infrastructure to support the airline’s launch. We will start recruiting for the team early in 2023.

“We looked at many options throughout the UK and Ireland. Belfast International and Vinci stood out in terms of the facilities that they offered us and by their enthusiasm for and commitment to making this project a reality. Northern Ireland has a proud aviation and engineering history, and we are delighted to be able to build on this tradition as we develop the airline and its support functions.”