Belfast International Airport adds 115 more jobs as business activity soars

Belfast International Airport has announced nearly 300 new jobs in just over two months. Photo: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Gary McDonald Business Editor

ANOTHER 85 full-time and 30 part-time jobs are being created by six businesses operating at Belfast International Airport, bringing to 298 the total number current vacancies it will be seeking to fill at a special jobs fair in the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, next Monday afternoon.

The posts - all of which are being created at no cost to government job-creation agencies or the taxpayer - are across a wide cross-section of aviation support activities including on-site food outlets, taxi operations and private charter services.

It is the third consecutive announcement of a major jobs boost at the airport and will mean the injection in wages of more than £1.5 million into the Northern Ireland economy.

Caterers SSP plan to increase its workforce by 20 full-time and 30 part-time staff while the Fed & Watered outlet will add 10 new employees to the payroll.

Belfast Airport Taxis is taking on 30 more drivers to deal with the expected increase in passenger numbers with planned expansion by existing airlines and the opening of a three-aircraft hub by Ryanair at the end of March.

Catering, retail and logistics company LSG has 16 places to fill; private charter company Jet Assist is adding six jobs while Car Care Solutions is taking on three more workers.

The airport's commercial development director Brian Carlin said: “We’ve announced almost 300 new jobs over a nine-week period, which is the equivalent of a major overseas inward investment costing millions of pounds. In a real sense we’re growing the business without reliance on the public purse.

“All we ask in return is that Ministers do something more than say they recognise the importance of this business and get on with the job of putting in place a realistic, equitable and adequately resourced Air Route Development Fund to help us grow the network."

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