A new Flybe route to Belfast from Doncaster Sheffield airport takes off today (Friday).

Five flights a week are scheduled to Belfast City airport with a flight time of under an hour.

The start of the new service coincides with the opening of a new phase of a ‘Great Yorkshire Way’ road link between Doncaster Sheffield airport and the M18 motorway.

The airport could be made further accessible by public transport with the addition of a proposed East Coast mainline connection, which could be in place by 2024.

Airport aviation development director Chris Harcombe said: “We are really excited to start this Belfast route especially as we will see the Great Yorkshire Way motorway link road right to the airport fully open at the end of this week, making travelling for our passengers even more convenient.

“This new route to Belfast offers more choice for our passengers and we are thrilled to be working closely with Flybe to put on routes that our customers want to see.”