Low-cost airline easyJet has introduced 12 new domestic routes to keep planes flying and serve customer demand as Covid travel restrictions continue.

New services will provide passengers with more opportunity to reconnect with friends and family across the country or book a long-awaited break and explore more of the UK this summer.

The airline is adding three new UK airports to its domestic network, which includes launching operations from Belfast City Airport for the first time to London Gatwick.

easyJet will also be returning to Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports with new flights to and from Belfast International Airport, routes previously served by the Stobart Air-operated Aer Lingus Regional, providing key connectivity between the regions.

The airline has also put over 60,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from Belfast International to Birmingham from July 3 operating 22 times a week; to Manchester from July 9 operating 27 times a week; to Edinburgh from July 2 operating 22 times a week; and to Glasgow from July 2 operating 20 times a week.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK country manager, said: "We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or to explore the UK so these additional new routes should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.

“We were sorry to see the news about Stobart Air and so are pleased to continue to provide key regional connectivity from Belfast International Airport to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as launching easyJet operations for the very first time from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick.

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“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the Green list – which can be done safely - to make this possible.”

All customers booking flights with easyJet benefit from industry leading flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ which means that customers can book now with confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking.

All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure.