New Faro-Belfast route

Jet2 has recently announced that as of next May it will be operating a weekly route between southern Portugal and Northern Ireland and to celebrate the news it is holding a special ‘Buy One Get One Free’ golf club offer, for bookings made until the end of this month.

New route Belfast Faro Algarve to Algarve Car HireA statement from the airline said it was “delighted” to announce the new route for 2012, and that flights will operate once a week, on Saturdays, starting 26 May 2012.

Fares will start from just €47.49, one way, including taxes, and flights are on sale now.

Since it went on sale in June the route is already proving popular in Northern Ireland. It has the backing of World Champion amateur golfer Danielle McVeigh from Kilkeel, County Down.

Danielle, 23, said: “I compete in the Portuguese Open every year, except this year as I was studying for my degree in Business and Management in Maynooth and just obtained a BSC Hons 2:1. 

“I also travel lots to Portugal for warm weather training and am delighted that has introduced a direct route from Belfast International Airport.”

She believes that, thanks to the low fares, Portugal’s numerous golf courses and its sunshine the route will be welcomed by lots of golfers from the North and South of Ireland.

With the recent US open win of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland itself now also has a reputation for golf. There are around 100 golf courses in the small country, the most famous of which include the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, the Royal Portrush club, the stunningly beautiful course at Portrush, the Royal Belfast in the capital and of course Holywood golf club, where Rory McIlroy honed his golfing prowess. has introduced a special ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer for keen golfers wishing to take their clubs on the route between Faro and the Algarve – either direction. To take advantage of the offer, which could save passengers £25 for a single flight or £50 for a return journey, flights customers simply enter the promotion code ‘GOLFFAO’ when making their booking.

The offer is valid for bookings made before 31 July 2011 at

Ian Doubtfire, managing director of, commented: “This new destination means now flies between Faro and all eight of our UK bases, showing how important a destination it is for us. As Danielle says, we know this route will be popular for holidays from Ireland and we will be taking both independent travellers and package holiday makers with our sister company out to the Algarve.”

He also said that he hoped people from the Algarve region would make use of the route to visit Belfast, either for a short break to a new city destination or to visit friends and family and maybe “squeeze in a round or two of golf.”


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