Record passenger growth at Belfast International Airport

Last month, 565,862 passengers used Belfast International Airport, 14.5 per cent up on the same month last year
Gareth McKeown

BELFAST International Airport has recorded its 24th month of double-digital passenger growth on the back of the success of its core airlines.

Last month, 565,862 passengers used the airport, 14.5 per cent up on the same month last year, while more than 501,000 more passengers were recorded in the first six months of the year, bringing the total to 2.8 million or a growth rate of close to 22 per cent. Coupled with impressive passenger numbers 250 new jobs have been created at the airport in the first six months of 2017.

The positive results leave the airport on target to achieve a record year and surpass 5.75 million passengers and are built upon strong figures from Easyjet and Ryanair.

Norwegian also commenced trans-Atlantic services from Belfast International Airport last week which will help boost long-haul passenger numbers further at Northern Ireland's biggest airport.

For the first time ever, the airport achieved over one million passengers on one route, the popular Belfast-Gatwick, jointly operated by Easyjet and Ryanair. Holiday destinations are also particularly strong with Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Palma all recording significant growth.

Just 24 months ago, the June tally stood at 428,894, with last month's performance meaning that on a straight like-for-like comparison, the airport has chalked up a growth rate of 32 per cent.

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. All of our airlines are reporting significant and consistent passenger loads and feel more than justified for their decisions to increase capacity."

“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. In the first six months of 2017, we've seen 250 new jobs created on the site, and hundreds more will be added as we continue our growth trajectory," he added.

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