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Belfast International reports surge in air passengers from the Republic of Ireland

Belfast International Airport has a reported a 135 per cent increase in passenger numbers from the Republic of Ireland over the past month

BELFAST International Airport has seen its passenger numbers from the Republic soar in the past month.

The airport says that Republic of Ireland car park transactions for the period July 14 to August 14 were up 135 per cent on the same period last year. This delivered a revenue increase of 250 per cent.

Using the airport's own on-line car park booking system, 11 per cent of the total were registered vehicles in the Republic and according to the airport's figures the increases mean that over the course of this year, the International Airport will welcome more than 600,000 passengers from across the border.

Belfast International Airport managing director Graham Keddie described it as a "quite incredible performance".

"People from across the border are getting amazing value for their euro at present and are making the most of the exchange advantage," he said.

“We also embarked on an extensive advertising campaign in the six southern border counties and that has obviously paid off too. It has been so good that we intend rolling out a second campaign shortly.

“Generating business of this magnitude, and producing a revenue increase of an incredible 250 per cent, shows there's huge potential across the border."

“We've now had 25 months of double-digit growth and we know that 2018 will be every bit as busy. That translates into more routes, more jobs and more investment," he added.

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