Six-in-a-row record for Belfast International

At the start of the Ryanair service to Girona, Belfast International Airport reported its sixth successive month of record passenger figures. Pictured with airport managing director Graham Keddie are (from left) Ryanair’s base supervisor Sean Mullan and cabin crew members Lucy Hutchinson and Kevin Gannon

BELFAST International Airport has reported its sixth successive month of record passenger figures.

The news coincides with the start of the Ryanair service to the major Catalan city of Girona, which is the Dublin-based airline’s 11th international route from Aldergrove.

During February Belfast International recorded more than 400,000 passengers for the first time ever, up 27 per cent on last year’s performance.

Managing director Graham Keddie described the passenger figure as "an outstanding achievement" and added: “We’re seeing a major upswing in business through the airport. Records are tumbling every month and that’s good for South Antrim and the Northern Ireland economy.

“We remain firmly on track to have a record year of 5.4 million passengers. The summer surge will be like no other ever experienced at the airport.

“In February, we had more than 4,000 arriving and departing aircraft and that will rise steadily in coming months.

“Within the UK, our London Gatwick service is the busiest domestic route, and that’s an amazing achievement for us. More people are flying with easyJet and Ryanair on their 12 daily flights than any other service from Northern Ireland.

“Thousands of people are using our airlines to come and visit Northern Ireland, whether It’s for a weekend or longer stay. There has never been a better time to market Northern Ireland within the UK."

Mr Keddie added: “We've the big plus of a common currency. There’s no euro-pound disadvantage so, in fact, visitors from GB have a much better deal than if they fly into the Republic of Ireland.

“Our airlines are adding significant capacity to meet demand. More will follow.

“Trade figures for our retail and food and beverage outlets are at record levels, and that will continue. All of our units are let and we are creating three additional outlets to meet passenger expectations.”

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