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EasyJet expansion at Belfast International Airport

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Page last updated: 6th Oct 2017 - 02:19 PM

EasyJet have revealed that they intend to expand their Northern Ireland base at Belfast International Airport. The plan reveals how easyJet will operate more than 32 flights per day between Belfast and London. The addition of these new flights means that 6000 extra seats will be available for winter routes in the future.

The airline will be introducing a new A320 aircraft in June 2018 which will be added to their fleet in order to provide these extra seats, and will remain based in Belfast throughout the year.

UK Commercial manager for easyJet, Ali Gayward said: "We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Belfast Airport. The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.
"easyJet is the largest airline in Northern Ireland and we have been committed to Belfast Airport for over 19 years. We are proud to have carried over 50 million passengers in that time."
EasyJet is the largest airline operating in Northern Ireland at the moment and has been based in Belfast International Airport for the last 19 years. The company has carried over 50 million passengers in that time while serving 28 routes from the Scottish based airport, which is an amazing 636 flights a week.

Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport, said: "We are pleased once again to acknowledge easyJet's strong focus on developing the UK market by adding a sixth aircraft to their Belfast base.

"As Northern Ireland's leading airline they continue to be a strong supporter of the local economy creating even more capacity and choice for Northern Ireland consumers."

The expansion plans come as great news to the airport after it was announced recently that low-cost airline Ryanair has suspended its Belfast to London Gatwick route from November until March, in an attempt to eliminate any further cancellations across its European fleet.

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Tremendous passenger growth at Belfast International Airport

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Page last updated: 8th Aug 2017 - 04:03 PM

Belfast Airport have recently announced that they have seen 24 months of consecutive double-digit passenger growth, thanks to the core success of the airlines that operate from the airport.

565,862 passengers passed through the doors of the airport in July, which is a 14.5% improvement of the same month in 2016. If that wasn't enough, more than 501,000 passengers were recorded to have flown through the airport in the first 6 months of 2017 alone!

Belfast International Airport managing director Graham Keddie hailed the strong results as a "remarkable achievement".

“We're having our busiest ever summer season and strong monthly growth is being achieved. Twenty-four months of unbroken, consecutive double-digit growth is a remarkable achievement. It is a tremendous milestone, and more of the same is on the way. “

Belfast Airport can also boast that they have created an impressive 250 new jobs within the first half of 2017. As a result of all of the positive changes, the airport is on track to achieve a record breaking year, hopefully surpassing 5.75 million passenger numbers.
Mr Keddie went on to say “We've seen significant private investment in facilities by food and beverage providers and airside retailers, and that, too, will continue as they expand facilities.”

Norwegian Airlines have recently commenced TransAtlantic flights from the airport which will provide a huge boost to long-haul flight numbers.
Another milestone for Scotland’s biggest airport was the Belfast-Gatwick route, operated by Easyjet and Ryanair. which achieved over 1 million passengers. Other popular holiday destinations also includes Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Palma all recording significant growth.

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Consistent growth at Belfast Airport

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Page last updated: 30th Mar 2017 - 04:13 PM

Congratulations to Belfast International Airport as they celebrate 6 successive months of passenger growth! Part of the success has been credited to Ryanair’s new commercial service to the popular Catalan city of Girona. These flights mark the 11th international route that Ryanair provide from Belfast International Airport.

An astounding 400,000 passengers passed through the airport doors over the 28 days of February, which is a 27% increase on the same period last year. The airport’s Managing Director, Graham Keddie, claimed that even with a short month, the passenger figures were ‘an outstanding achievement’.

Mr Keddie said: “We’re seeing a major upswing in business through the airport. Records are tumbling every month and that’s good for South Antrim and the Northern Ireland economy. We remain firmly on track to have a record year of 5.4 million passengers. The summer surge will be like no other ever experienced at the airport. In February, we had more than 4,000 arriving and departing aircraft and that will rise steadily in coming months.

Ryanair has also recently reached out to other international destinations, after implementing twice weekly flights to the Mediterranean island of Malta. This coincides with the Dublin-based carrier announcing seat sale across its European network, with prices starting at £9.99.

Mr Keddie went on to say “Within the UK, our London Gatwick service is the busiest domestic route, and that’s an amazing achievement for us. More people are flying with easyJet and Ryanair on their twelve daily flights than any other service from Northern Ireland. Thousands of people are using our airlines to come and visit Northern Ireland, whether It’s for a weekend or longer stay. There has never been a better time to market Northern Ireland within the UK. We have the big plus of a common currency. There’s no euro-pound disadvantage so, in fact, visitors from GB have a much better deal than if they fly into the Republic of Ireland.”

Belfast International Airport saw 5.1 million passengers pass through its doors in 2016, with busiest domestic and international routes featuring Palma & Malaga in Spain, as well as Liverpool and London Gatwick. Let’s see how well they do in 2017; fingers crossed for another impressive year!

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£2.5 million reconstruction at Belfast International Airport

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Page last updated: 21st Feb 2017 - 04:19 PM

The building contractor RJ McKelvey Ltd successfully fought off competition to win the contract to complete the work at Belfast International Airport’s 1.6 acre site.

RJ McKelvey Ltd beat several other firms to win the contract to carry out the work which is expected to stretch over 7 months, while creating around 35 jobs both fulltime and part time, creating £500,000 in wages.

Robert McKelvey from RJ McKelvey Ltd said: "We're delighted to have won this important contract. This is a home-grown company awarding a contract to another local firm, and that means it's a win-win for the local economy.”

Plans for the extended work to the airport include bringing “high street” names all together in one place within the airport, while also introducing well known restaurant companies to the retail experience.

Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Contracts said: "We're pleased that the work is going to be carried out by a local firm that has earned an enviable reputation over its 31 years in operation.

Belfast International Airport saw 4.3 million passengers pass through its doors in 2015, with busiest domestic and international routes featuring Palma & Malaga in Spain, as well as Liverpool and London Gatwick.

Brian Carlin from Belfast International Airport said: "We will have a record-breaking 2017, and that means higher demand for what will be on offer at this new, much-needed facility."

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New flight to Reykjavik From Belfast Airport!

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Page last updated: 2nd Dec 2016 - 04:34 PM

A new route has been announced from George Best Belfast City Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland, thank to Icelandair! The flights which will take off from June 1st 2017 will travel 3 times a week as part of a new service from the Irish Airport!

Birkir Holm Guðnason, Icelandair chief executive, said. “Belfast is a vibrant fast growing city with great business and leisure opportunities and we are happy to be able to offer our customers this exciting addition to our network”.

The flights will take place using a 72-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft and he estimated flight duration leaving Keflavík International Airport (KEF) to George Best City Airport (BHD) is around 2 hours and 55 minutes. Reykjavik, is also served as a destination from Belfast International by Easyjet.

Katy Best, commercial and marketing director at Belfast City Airport, said:
"Belfast City Airport is delighted to announce our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik, which is a further extension of our growing European route network and a major boost to the Northern Ireland economy.

"Icelandair has a proven international pedigree and our partnership with the airline for this new service will be a hugely welcome addition to the local market for business and leisure passengers."

Belfast City Airport opened its doors for commercial operations in 1983. Previously known as “Belfast City Airport" before being renamed after the late George Best football player, saw an amazing 2.7 million passengers use its facilities in 2015, with its main domestic and international destinations being London Heathrow and Faro (Portugal).

Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA, mentioned that the changes made to updating new routes would more than likely increase hard work at the airport which is a positive improvement, while also being a great opportunity for the airport to develop global communications with other airlines and airports.

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Ryanair opens Belfast to Berlin flights

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Page last updated: 31st Aug 2016 - 02:15 PM

The budget Irish airline begins its first series of international flights from Belfast Int. en route to Berlin, starting Thursday the 1st of September 3 times a week. The airport claim that the route has already had strong demand in terms of bookings in both directions, although no figures have been officially released just yet,
The new route runs alongside newly introduced routes from Belfast International to both Spain and Milan Bergamo.

The move to Berlin comes at a great time for Ryanair as rivals EasyJet cancelled its previous Belfast-Berlin flights in 2008 after 3 years.
Simon Calder, travel editor at The Independent, claims he believes the route will be a success.

"Germans are the best tourists in the world, at least in terms of the numbers that they export," he added.
"So even if a country attracts only a tiny percentage of international travellers from Germany, that amounts to a healthy number. Germans are also very good at spotting opportunities - such as the value and lack of crowds offered by Northern Ireland, which is still some way from achieving its full tourist potential."

Belfast International Managing Director Graham Keddie said: "Germany is one of the biggest outbound tourist markets in the world and for far too long, we weren't able to attract visitors directly to Northern Ireland. At no cost to the taxpayer, Ryanair will deliver thousands of German tourists in its first full year of operation."
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said "Connecting with new and strategic destinations such as Berlin will be a huge boost for the business and tourism markets," he added.

"With air passenger numbers at our airports continuing to grow, this new Ryanair Berlin route is further evidence of a returning confidence to the Northern Ireland travel market."

Since the news of the Brexit vote, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary says his sights are set on EU airports beyond the UK

He said the vote had been a "surprise and a disappointment".
"In the meantime, we will pivot our growth away from UK airports and focus more on growing at our EU airports over the next two years," he added.

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Belfast International Airport is one of three in Northern Ireland to have been highly praised for it’s ‘excellent’ care given to those with a disability. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave recognition to Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry Airports as well as ranking them all within the top 10 of the whole of the UK for their services to the disabled.

A spokesman from Belfast International Airport said that the ranking was a reflection of the hard work put in by staff. “We have worked extremely hard over the last number of years to drive improvements in this service…” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

The three Northern Irish airports are the only UK airports to achieve such consistency in disability service excellence. Manchester Airport was awarded a “Very Good” ranking from the CAA.

With Belfast International doing such a good job for their disabled passengers, we could understand if there was a surge of disabled passengers choosing to travel with them. If you do choose to travel from Belfast, please visit our Special Assistance page for all of the advice you need! We’d also love to hear from you, so leave us a comment with your experience.

Let’s hope this sends a wave through the rest of our UK airports and they all follow suit!

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115 new jobs opened at Belfast International Airport

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Page last updated: 5th Feb 2016 - 03:05 PM

115 new jobs opened at Belfast International Airport

Good news for the residents surrounding the airport; of the 298 new jobs being opened at Belfast International Airport, 115 of these will be full time positions courtesy of 6 businesses operating at the airport itself. This is the 3rd major job implementation announcement for the airport which will push £1.5 million worth of wages into the Northern Ireland economy. The new positions stretch across a large variety of aviation positions, taxi operations, on-site food outlets, and private charter services.

Some of the businesses currently recruiting include; Belfast Airport Taxis, who work under the official airport itself, who are looking to take on 30 additional drivers to cater for higher expected passenger numbers. Logistics, retail and catering specialists LSG have created 16 places to fill while Jet Assists and Car Care will open a further 9 roles between them A further benefit is that none of the jobs opened as part of this scheme will come at a cost to the government job creation or taxpayer.

Brian Carlin, Belfast International Airport’s Director of Commercial Development said - “These jobs have little or no lead-in times. There’s a need for them now as we prepare for a bumper year with hundreds of thousands more passengers.”

“We’ve announced almost 300 new jobs over a nine-week period and that’s the equivalent of a major overseas inward investment costing millions of pounds. In a real sense, we’re growing the business without reliance on the public purse.

If you are interested in any of the positions mentioned or would like to simply see the full ranges of positions available, they will be showcasing at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, Monday 8 February.

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easyJet introduces new routes from Belfast International

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Page last updated: 15th Sep 2013 - 04:14 PM

It is now 15 years since easyJet started operating flights out of Belfast International Airport and, to celebrate, the budget airline has announced two new routes to the Channel Islands and south-west France.

easyJet’s first route from Belfast was to Luton and it changed the face of air travel for many living in Northern Ireland. Prior to the arrival of easyJet in Belfast, people had to pay fares of around £300 to fly to mainland Britain. Since then the carrier has flown over 32 million people to and from Belfast, making it the most popular airline for travellers to and from the area. easyJet currently employs more than 200 people at Belfast International to crew and fly the 6 aircraft that operate out of the airport.

Indicative prices are currently unavailable for either of the new routes as tickets do not go on sale until next month and the routes themselves do not operate until the spring of 2014. However, residents of Northern Ireland looking for a holiday in Jersey, the British island which can often feel more like France than Britain, or in the interesting wine-growing area around Bordeaux have much to celebrate.

A survey carried out by Which? Travel magazine recently revealed that passengers prefer small regional airports so Jersey in particular should prove user-friendly, with only 1.5 million passengers using it in 2012. To put this into context, London Gatwick handled 34.2 million passengers in the same period. Bordeaux, despite being France’s sixth busiest airport, saw only 4.3 million passengers in 2012.

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Jet2 to fly to the Algarve

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Page last updated: 6th Jul 2011 - 02:37 PM

Flights to Faro in the Algarve region of Portugal, and to Dubrovnik, Croatia, are now on sale at Belfast International Airport. The two routes, operated by budget airline, Jet2, will take off in summer 2012.

Self-proclaimed “leading leisure airline”, Jet2, will fly to Faro every Saturday from May next year. Tickets for the flight begin at £39.99 for a one-way journey, taxes included. “We are delighted to announce the launch of this new route from Belfast”, explained Ian Doubtfire, managing director for the Leeds-based carrier. “The new flights to the Algarve perfectly complement the existing destinations on offer (from Belfast).”

Jet2 offers routes from Ireland to ‘sun and sea’ spots in Spain and the Mediterranean, namely, Alicante and Murcia, and the three Balearic Islands, Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. Faro is the airline’s 13th destination from Belfast International.

Faro, located near the Ria Formosa National Park, is arguably, one of the most popular holiday destinations available from airports in the UK. The city enjoys clement temperatures all year round, and is notable for its ‘island beaches’, some of which are only accessible via boat. The beaches are, in fact, sand-spits that have formed around the Ria Formosa lagoon.

Dubrovnik, the second of Jet2’s new routes, is a port city on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The destination is a World Heritage Site, and as such, is wealthy in historic architecture. The Walls of Dubrovnik, for example, have stood since the 7th century, and remain in almost perfect condition. Also of note, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which lasts for 45 days, begins on 10 July every year. The event is a celebration of the arts, featuring live music, dance acts, and theatre.

Jet2’s sister company, Jet2Holidays, is offering package deals for Faro and Dubrovnik, beginning at £299 for the Algarve resort, and from around £355 per person for the Croatian city.

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