BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair ceases all operations from both Belfast international airport and Belfast City airport from the end of the summer schedule in October.

The carrier blamed the government for refusing to suspend or reduce APD (Air Passenger Duty], and the lack of Covid recovery incentives from both Belfast airports

The airline said the planes based at those airports will be reallocated to lower-cost airports elsewhere in the UK and Europe for the winter schedule, which starts in November.

Ryanair will stop its flights from Belfast international to six destinations – Alicante, Málaga, Kraków, Gdansk, Warsaw, and Milan – by 30 October.

And it will withdraw eight services from City airport – to Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Ibiza, Mallorca, Málaga, Milan, and Valencia – on 12 September.

The decision comes at a challenging time for the airline industry.