Emirates eyes northerners bound for Dublin airport
ONE of the world's leading airlines Emirates is hoping to capitalise on the growing numbers of northern people opting for Dublin Airport ahead of Belfast.
Emirates has appointed a sales executive to Northern Ireland, marking its first permanent presence in the region.
Belfast native Lynsey Lamont is taking up the role, which the operator said was in response to a "marked increase" in demand and bookings
The number of Northern Ireland residents using Dublin Airport increased by 52 per cent to a record 864,000 last year, with route choice cited as the main reason.
Emirates connects up to 22,000 customers from Ireland to Dubai and onwards to over 140 destinations every month.
The airline said popular destinations from Northern Ireland include Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Seychelles and Mauritius.
Country manager for Emirates in Ireland Enda Corneille said: “Lynsey has a vast range of experience in tourism and sales and it’s obvious that she has a passion to succeed.
"The Northern Ireland market is a hugely important part of our business portfolio, and having Lynsey based full time in Belfast allows us to work more closely with our travel trade and corporate clients based in the region.
“Emirates offers Northern Ireland consumers a vast choice of global destinations with two flights daily from Dublin.
"We believe Emirates has played a significant role in helping to drive the Northern Ireland market, so establishing presence in the region was a natural next step for us."
Ms Lamont said: "By having a presence on the ground, I believe we can ensure that clients receive the level of service that is expected from an airline of Emirates’ standing and deliver beyond expectations."