United Airlines could shut down NY-Belfast route


Despite a GBP 9 million rescue deal to prevent axing its daily service between Belfast and New York, U.S.-based United Airlines have been reported to stop its flight between the two cities, BBC reported. The flight is the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and the U.S., BBC noted.

Two-thirds of the money in the framework of the rescue deal, which was originally planned to be given to the airline over three years, would have been provided by Northern Ireland Executive, though just a few months after the deal was signed, it seems that the route will come to a halt, anyway, according to the BBC report.

According to BBC, only part of the funds had been transferred to United Airlines, and those finances have already been refunded. The last flight on the route is scheduled for January 9, according to BBC.