Take flights from Belfast to your Bournemouth holiday.

If you are looking for flights from Belfast to your Bournemouth holiday hotel, it pays to have a little knowledge of UK geography. There are no direct services, but you can get to nearby Southampton direct from Northern Ireland.

Flybe (www.flybe.com) offers up to 3 direct services a day from George Best Belfast City airport to Southampton. Prices start as low as £20.13 one way including taxes if you book well in advance. If you can manage to secure the lowest fares, and travel light, you should be able to get a return ticket from Belfast to Southampton for under £60.

From Southampton Airport you can take regular trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk) direct to Bournemouth. The journey time is just under 40 minutes and a single ticket costs as little as £5.50 if booked in advance.

If you prefer to travel via London Gatwick, both Flybe, from City airport and Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) from Belfast International, offer direct flights. Fares are comparable with the Southampton route, again offering some bargain fares for those who know their travel dates well in advance. Easyjet's one-way fares start at £20.99 including taxes.

From Gatwick Airport the train journey is slightly more arduous, taking more than 2 hours including a change at Clapham Junction. Cheapest standard single fares are £19.90.

Keep an eye on the airlines' websites, as it's not unlikely that, by next summer, there may at least one company offering direct flights from Belfast to Bournemouth.

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