RYANAIR is set to switch the airport its flights from London to Belfast International use in the UK capital.
From March 1, the Irish airline’s London-Belfast service will move from London Gatwick to London Stansted – a full month ahead of schedule.
Ryanair’s London Gatwick-Belfast route was one of a number suspended in October following a crisis over pilot’s rosters.
Nevertheless, the service was the busiest in Northern Ireland last year – carrying over 850,000 passengers.
Its reinstatement in March 2018 will mark the first time the route has operated in almost six months.
Ryanair said that it was moving the service to Stansted because of doubts over the availability of winter slots at Gatwick.
In a statement, the airline said its London-Belfast flights were being reinstated a month earlier than previously planned.
It added: “We are pleased to launch our Belfast summer 2018 schedule, with 14 routes in total including a new summer route to Malta and the return of our Belfast-London service, which will now operate to/from London Stansted Airport from March 1.
"To celebrate the launch of our Belfast summer 2018 schedule we are releasing seats for sale from just £9.99, which are available for booking until midnight Friday, November 10."