ORLANDO, FL. – Travelers looking to experience a unique summer travel destination can fly non-stop to Belfast, Northern Ireland from Orlando International Airport. International carriers Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines will begin seasonal flights to Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city.
Virgin Atlantic will operate one flight a week during the summer months using Boeing 747-400 aircraft with 451 seats. Service launches June 25, 2015 with the inaugural flight from Belfast International Airport. Additional inbound flights will arrive on July 2, July 9 and July 16. Departing flights will leave Orlando on July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30. Virgin Atlantic also provides non-stop service year-round to London/Gatwick and Manchester and seasonally to Glasgow.
Thomas Cook will operate its twice-weekly service using Airbus A330-200 aircraft with either 314 or 322 seats. The initial flight will arrive at Orlando International Airport from Belfast on June 26 followed by additional inbound flights on June 30, July 3, July 7 and September 4. Outbound flights from Orlando to Belfast will leave on July 10, July 14, July 17, July 21 and September 18. Thomas Cook also provides seasonal non-stop service to Manchester, Glasgow and London/Stansted.
“Adding international flights to exciting destinations is important to both Orlando International Airport and the Central Florida community,” said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Providing access to the world’s travelers further reinforces our position as the most visited destination in the U.S.”
“Expanding our global presence broadens our exposure and increases opportunities to enhance regional growth,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The flights will generate an estimated total of $5 million in economic impact to Central Florida.”
Destination notes: Belfast is home to the Harland and Wolff shipyard, builder of the RMS Titanic. It is also one of the filming locations for HBO’s popular Game of Thrones series and provides easy access to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport set a record in 2014 with 4,324,175 international passengers. With an overall total of 35.7 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through a design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.