Northern Ireland

Easyjet launches Manchester route

Low-cost airline Easyjet has launched its new route to Manchester.

Direct flights will operate from Belfast International Airport. The service complements the airline's flights to nearby Liverpool.

There will be two flights daily to Manchester with fares from £21.99 one way including taxes.

Ali Gayward, Easyjet, said: "With weekday flights from 07:20, people will be able to complete a full day's work on arrival in Manchester."

"More people are also going to Manchester on short breaks and, of course, many football fans will be heading there for big matches, particularly at weekends."

Uel Hoey, business development director at Belfast International Airport, said: "This is excellent news for the airport, the local employment market and the broader Northern Ireland economy."