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City Airport smashes passenger numbers for international travellers

KLM began flights to Amsterdam from Belfast City Airport in May last year - and marked the launch by flying guests on the iconic DC-3 aircraft in celebration of the legacy of the Dutch carrier

GEORGE Best Belfast City Airport has smashed its international passenger numbers record - and there's a third of the year still to go.

The end of August saw the airport beat the previous annual high of 171,270, set last year, with the 2016 figure having now climbed to 200,977.

At this stage in September last year, 128,709 passengers had arrived and departed on the airport’s international routes.

More than 150,000 passengers have taken advantage of Belfast City Airport’s sunshine routes in 2016, which now includes Alicante as well as Malaga, Faro and Palma, while Brussels Airlines has recorded consecutive monthly growth since the launch of its five times weekly Brussels flights from Belfast City Airport in March this year.

And KLM has carried over 55,000 passengers since it began its Amsterdam Schiphol service from Belfast City in May 2015.

The City airport's commercial and marketing manager Katy Best described the numbers as "fantastic" and a major boost for Northern Ireland tourism.

“The record passenger figures reflect our plans to significantly grow our European route network and are further evidence of the public demand for flights to key European destinations from an airport so close to Belfast city centre," she said.

The record-breaking numbers come on the back of the airport being short listed for a World Routes Marketing Award, one of the most prestigious aviation marketing awards in the world.

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