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New air routes announced
Easyjet plane taking off
The Inverness service will be daily
The low-cost airline Easyjet has announced three new services from Belfast International Airport.

From next July, the airline will fly from Aldergrove to Geneva, Palma and Inverness.

The Inverness service will be daily, while there will be four flights a week to the international destinations.

This announcement takes to more than 10 the number of scheduled international routes served from the airport.

The airline said it recognised "the great potential for direct low cost services connecting Northern Ireland with attractive cities throughout Europe".

Belfast International Airport received assistance for the new Geneva route from Invest NI subsidiary company Air Route Development (NI).

'Large increase'

Easyjet Chief Executive Ray Webster said: "Following the success of our direct services to Spain and France, Easyjet is delighted to be adding Geneva, Inverness and Palma to our network.

"Easyjet views Belfast as a vibrant and highly attractive market with great potential and we look forward to announcing more new routes to main city destination airports in the near future."

Daily flights between Belfast and Barcelona were announced by Jet2 in August.

In April, the Leeds-based company began operating a service between Belfast International Airport and Prague.

Flights to mainland Europe have seen a large increase this year, with Easyjet offering flights to Paris, Nice, Malaga and Alicante.

Primeflight began operating twice-daily flights between Belfast and Brussels in March, aimed at business people.

Before these new routes, the only direct flight to continental Europe from Belfast was to Amsterdam.

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