WATCH: Government secures City of Derry to London route until 2021

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The Transport Secretary has extended UK government funding to continue to delivering a direct flight between City of Derry airport and London.

The route has been subsidised since May 2017, after claims the Airport could be at risk of closing.

Chris Grayling says the joint deal with Stormont's Department for the Economy will secure the Flybmi route until 2021.

"It will be welcomed by businesses in the north of Northern Ireland because corporate trips to and from London within a day will remain a possibility" said Mr.Grayling.

He continued "The extension will continue to provide easy access for tourists to visit the spectacular causeway coast line, as well as spectators attending the 148th Open golf championship at Royal Portrush this summer."

Mayor John Boyle said the airport is an "important regional gateway" that is an essential part of the future development of the North West, particularly during the quest for a regional city deal.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said: "This announcement is hugely welcome and vital for the continued economic growth of Northern Ireland.

"Connectivity to Derry-Londonderry helps boost the huge potential on offer, including tourism and global business opportunities.

"I am delighted to have secured this funding and maintained the air link between the thriving City of Derry-Londonderry and London, the financial and cultural centre of Europe."


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