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Craigavon leisure complex expansion leads to jobs bounce

Gary McDonald Business Editor

IRISH indoor entertainment company Airtastic is investing another £700,000 in the north, creating 20 jobs with the expansion of its facilities in Craigavon.

It is extending its site at Marlborough Retail Park, bringing to £2.5 million the sum it has ploughed into the leisure complex.

From the end of March Airtastic Craigavon will comprise 12-lane bowling, an 18-hole space-themed adventure golf course, trampolining, a ninja area, children's soft play area, the north's largest prize-winning amusement arcade, and its NY Kitchen diner

The new leisure development incorporates two new units in addition to the current Airtastic trampoline park.

It includes the current Captain Green's adventure golf building, totalling approximately 46,500 sq foot of space.

Sharyn Ingrey, area manager for Airtastic Entertainment Centre, said: “We're excited to be expanding Airtastic and investing in Craigavon. We're creating one of the biggest and best leisure destinations in Northern Ireland with our new state-of-the-art facilities.

“Whether it's for family fun, kids' birthday parties, school or group trips, work functions, nights with dates or mates or simply an excuse to celebrate the weekend, Airtastic has it covered.”

Airtastic is owned and operated by SMS Platinum Group registered in Rathfriland, and it also owns the Captain Green's space adventure golf brand and the Funky Monkeys soft play centre brand.

The Craigavon facility, which opened in October 2018, runs alongside similar parks in Belfast, Bangor and Cork, and the company employs nearly 150 people.

As revealed by the Irish News in October, Airtastic plans (subject to planning approval) to open another new 45,000 sq ft centre in the former Toys R Us unit in Newtownabbey in mid-2020.

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