NI business relief at Heathrow route assurance

Businesses in Northern Ireland have received a commitment by British Airways to maintain the Belfast-Heathrow flight route.

Several flight routes to and from Northern Ireland have been thought to be at risk over the last year, including the only transatlantic route operating to and from Belfast. Businesses rallied to put pressure on the government to reduce the air passenger tax duty which was making the Belfast-Newark route economically unviable, and the route was saved. Similarly, the Belfast to London route was thought to be at risk of being pulled during the recent IAG acquisition of BMI.  British Airways, owned by IAG, had previously pulled a Belfast to Heathrow flight route in 2001.

However, head of IAG, Willie Walsh, has confirmed that the route will continue, adding that British Airways had always wanted to "re-establish the route". The Belfast to London route is considered vital to Northern Ireland business, as it facilitates inter-UK business, as well as acting as a step-route into Europe.

If you run or own a company in Northern Ireland and require legal advice in respect of a company matter, such as the purchase, sale or leasing of commercial property, employment contracts, employment disputes, or any other issue, contact one of the commercial solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9295.