The announcement comes as good news for Northern Ireland holidaymakers following the cancellation earlier this month of the only direct service to New York.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks said: “Our New York trips from across our UK bases have enjoyed phenomenal demand this winter, with sell out trips and load factors exceeding all expectations.
“It’s clear how much our customers love our New York breaks, so we are delighted to add our first ever flight from Belfast, giving customers in Northern Ireland the chance to grab their own slice of the Big Apple.”
Airport managing director Graham Keddie said, “ This increase in winter capacity by Jet2.com, as well as their recent jobs announcement, demonstrates their continued commitment to the Northern Ireland market.
“Holidaymakers now have more choice for their winter breaks – and all direct from their local airport.”
The Jet2.com flight departs Belfast International on Thursday December 14 and returns on Monday December 18 with prices starting from only £595* per person including taxes.
Packages with Jet2CityBreaks start from £919* per person, and they can be secured now for only £60pp deposit.
In addition to its first flight from Belfast to New York, the leading leisure airline, the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a ‘Recommended Provider’, also announced additional New York trips from more UK bases than ever.
Winter 2017 will see the biggest season for New York trips offered by Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks with 30 trips (previously 24) direct to the Big Apple from SEVEN UK airports (previously five). This includes the first trip from Belfast International and two trips from brand new base Birmingham Airport.
In total there are over 6,800 holidays for sale across a range of iconic 3-5 star hotels in great New York locations. They include the popular Yotel New York at Times Square and Wellington Hotel, plus 20 new additions to the programme including Hilton Times Square, Sofitel New York and Loews Regency.
This year will see Jet2.com and Jet2holidays operate its biggest ever summer and winter programmes from Northern Ireland in 2017, with more flights and seats than ever before from Belfast International Airport.
The continued growth of the company has resulted in the creation of 50 new jobs at the airport.
The full New York programme for Winter 2017 is as follows:
NEW! Fairytale of New York: Big Apple at Christmas:
- Manchester: 22nd December
New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple:
- Leeds: 29th December
- Manchester: 30th December
Thanksgiving & Black Friday:
- Leeds: 20th November
- Birmingham (NEW) & Manchester: 22nd November
- Glasgow & Newcastle: 23rd November
October Half Term:
- Glasgow: 14th October
- Manchester & Newcastle: 21st October
- Leeds: 22nd October
Shopping Trips & Winter in New York:
- Belfast International (NEW): 14th December
- Birmingham (NEW): 30th November
- Manchester: 10th November, 17th November, 27th November, 4th December, 8th December
- Leeds: 10th November, 16th November, 1st December, 7th December
- East Midlands: 16th November, 7th December
- Newcastle: 17th November, 1st December, 8th December, 14th December
- Glasgow: 30th November