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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