New £5m hotel to take-off at Belfast International Airport

Plans have been unveiled for a new £5 million, 81-bed hotel at Belfast International Airport
Gareth McKeown

PLANS have been unveiled for a new £5 million hotel at Belfast International Airport, which could create 35 full-time jobs.

Developers Moorefield Contracts are behind a new 81-bed hotel at the airport, with the proposal now in its pre-application consultation phase.

Moorefield has said a "leading hotel operator" has been secured for the project and it is a response to the "growing demand" for additional beds in the locality.

A total of 30 jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase with a further 30 full-time equivalent jobs being created once the hotel is operational, should the application be successful.

A pre-planning application consultation event will take place today at the Airport Service Station, 175 Airport Road, Crumlin between 2pm and 8pm.

Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Hospitality said he was excited about the prospect of new jobs being created through the development.

“The demand for more hotel rooms has been created by the growth and success at the International Airport. We are excited by the opportunity to bring forward a new hotel creating a range of jobs in the process. We have secured a leading hotel operator for the development.”

It is understood that UK hotel chain Premier Inn has lined up the site for its next location. The company, which operates over 750 hotels across the UK, currently has seven in Northern Ireland, including three in Belfast.

Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International Airport, added:

“ The hotel isn't just good for the airport, but good for the entire area. What we are doing is delivering tangible benefit and, in so doing, creating business opportunities with great potential.”

The new hotel at the airport follows hot on the heels of a new £2.5 million retail, food hall and fuel forecourt development, due to open in its entirety later this year.

The site features anchor tenant Marks and Spencer, fast food chain Chopstix, Burger King, Subway and Irish independent coffee chain Insomnia, while Emo has opened as the fuel retailer.

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