Eastern Airways announced it will connect Southampton to Belfast City Airport.
Previously serviced by Flybe, the route will operate about seven flights per week and is aimed to commence on 23 March.
Flybe had been the largest airline operator to fly for Belfast, accounting for 80% of outward routes but this “significant expansion” for Eastern Airways will benefit the economy by resuming connections. It is expected to particularly benefit passengers travelling to cruises as they have easy access via London rail connection and the port.
“Belfast has long been one of our most in-demand destinations, and importantly this will once again enable vital regional connectivity with Northern Ireland. We look forwards to enhancing our route network further with Eastern Airways,” said Neil Garwood, Managing Director of Southampton Airport.
Eastern Airways has also launched routes from Southampton to Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen via Teesside International Airport and expects flight frequency to increase.