Aer Lingus has announced plans to set up a new regional base at Belfast City airport offering six UK routes, some of which were left vacant by the demise of Flybe earlier this year.
Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus Regional, will deploy five ATR72-600 aircraft at the airport, flying to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Exeter.
Edinburgh flights will get under way on 27 August. Flights to Exeter will start on 28 August, with Manchester and Birmingham following on 14 September. Services to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford will launch on 1 October.
Stobart plans to operate more than 200 weekly flights to and from Belfast City, offering "convenient flight times" to ensure "essential connectivity" between Northern Ireland and the UK.
It already operates a number of Aer Lingus Regional routes from bases in Dublin and Cork.