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Route news: Ryanair adds Venice, Knock gains Heathrow, Belfast fills Flybe gaps

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News in brief:

Ryanair adds flights to Venice from five UK regional airports

Whilst we don’t usually cover Ryanair, we do like to cover Venice. Getting there will be easier and/or cheaper this Summer with Ryanair announcing five new routes from UK regional airports.

For Summer 2023 (we didn’t get the exact start and end dates) you can fly to Venice from:

  • Birmingham (two flights per week)
  • Bournemouth (two flights per week)
  • Bristol (four flights per week)
  • Edinburgh (three flights per week)
  • Manchester (three flights per week)

Fares start at £29.99 each way.

Ryanair announces flights to Venice from five regional UK airports

Aer Lingus moves Knock flights to Heathrow

Aer Lingus has announced that its flights between Knock and London Gatwick will move to Heathrow from the start of the Summer flying season at the end of March.

There will be one flight per day, leaving Heathrow around 11am and leaving Knock around 1pm.

Passengers with booked tickets will be transferred over to the new route. Refunds are also available, as are transfers to Dublin to London Gatwick flights.

These are ‘mainline’ Aer Lingus flights, operated with standard Airbus short haul aircraft, and are not part of the Emerald Airways franchised operation.

…. and adds Belfast City to East Midlands and Newcastle

Talking of Emerald Airways and its Aer Lingus Regional franchise, it is adding flights from Belfast City to East Midlands Airport and Newcastle Airport.

This fills the gap left by the collapse of Flybe last weekend, and means that all of the ex-Flybe routes from Belfast City are now being served again.

Belfast City to East Midlands starts on 26th March with 1-2 daily flights.

Belfast City to Newcastle starts on 28th April with one daily flight.

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Comments (25)

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  • NorthernLass says:

    Ryanair already flies to TSO from MAN, are these new departures to VCE?

    • His Holyness says:


    • lumma says:

      TSO? Tresco heliport, Isles of Scilly? That’s an odd place for Ryanair to fly to

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        Maybe they mean Carrollton Airport in Ohio (also TSO). Bit of a bus ride from Venice, mind. I thought Ryanair had tried to cut down on that sort of thing?

      • Concerto says:

        I thought it was Carroll County–Tolson Airport in Ohio, USA !

    • NorthernLass says:

      Apologies, TSF. I was looking for alternatives for a cancelled EJ flight from VCE last year and saw that Ryanair flew to Treviso. No need for snide remarks.

      • RussellH says:

        Treviso is very convenient for Prosecco, and, I suspect, is probably worth at least a short visit on its own. Have not been there since 1968 though, so memory is faded.

        • JDB says:

          It’s even nearer to Valdobbiadene which is a very beautiful area and where the best Prosecco is grown.

          • Lyn says:

            And Treviso is a lovely town, with a lot of history, in a beautiful part of Italy, whatever it’s airport code. Actually I think I wish I was there now.

  • brucebruce says:

    For the Bristol flights they are replacing the existing flights to Treviso and start when the clocks change at the end of March.

    I booked for the Thursday before the early May Bank Holiday weekend for £22.99

  • David Jones says:

    Have been trying to work out where the slot for the Knock flight came from. Looks like Aer Lingus was left with three spare daily slots due to the closure of the Belfast to Heathrow route and two of them have gone to increase the Dublin service, and one to Knock.

    I haven’t checked, but presumably that has allowed BA to reduce its Dublin service in order to add flights to its Belfast service.

    The Belfast to Heathrow route closure was – as I understand it – caused by post-Brexit rules meaning an Irish airline could no longer run an internal UK flight.

    Emerald Airlines has a UK subsidiary which presumably allows it to run the Belfast to East Midlands and Newcastle routes.

    • Catalan says:

      “Oven Ready Brexit” gone up in flames.

    • tony says:

      But Aer Lingus has a UK subsidiary too, as that’s what runs the MAN-USA services. Perhaps they would have also needed a G- registered plane to run them on?

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Ryanair also launching Edinburgh to Rhodes – all seats £89.99 at the moment and reasonably flight times (no 6am starts!)

  • Peggerz says:

    Ryanair choosing VCE from EDI starting March 2023 over the great TSF which ends then. I was at TSF again in December , through the airport in 15 mins even with the painful Brexit checks. Walked to the bus stop outside and the €1:50 bus into town in 15 mins. Brilliant restaurants, bars etc. lovely feel to the place. Brilliant people. Only downside was the rugby score….
    The trip through and from VCE is a pain by comparison.

    • lumma says:

      Venice airport is egates for both EU and non EU. Was separate queues when I was there in September but nothing to worry about. Entering Turin last month everyone was in same queue, you just had to stop for a no questions asked stamp with a non EU passport. Italy is easily the easiest entry I’ve experienced post Brexit

  • Brian says:

    I’ve generally been a bit sneery and avoided Ryanair, being closer to LHR and LGW. However our easter trip to Toulouse on the Friday night when term breaks up was coming in at at £120 with luggage for 2 people, versus £500+ person on BA… so back to ryanair! lets see if they have improved. first trip post covid.

    • JerrySignfield says:

      They haven’t improved and their customer service for delayed/cancelled flights is the worst I have ever experienced, twice now they literally just abandon ship when a flight is delayed/cancelled and never help customers at the airport or just put 1 staff member on to deal with 1000 people!

  • Carol Donoher says:

    Will ryanair do short haul flight’s from gatwick to knock time soon plse

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