EasyJet showcases its new Airbus A320neo at Belfast

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EUROPEAN airline easyJet has showcased its new environmentally friendly Airbus A320neo at Belfast International Airport, which where it operates 70 per cent of all flights and carries nearly half of all commercial passenger traffic across Northern Ireland.

The neo brings significant environmental and operational benefits – up to 15 percent savings in fuel burn and Co2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landing phase. Crucially, this means the quieter aircraft minimises its noise impact on local communities.

Since 2000 easyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by more than 32 per cent. Its current target is a 10 per cent reduction from its financial year 2016 performance by 2022, which would be a 38 per cent improvement from 2000.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, said: “We are pleased to have continued to deliver a reduction in the amount of Co2 we emit and to showcase our new Airbus A320neo in Belfast.

"As the largest airline at Belfast International, last year we carried over four million passengers and we're committed to finding ways to increase efficiency, for example by incentivising higher load factors as well as the use of modern and efficient aircraft like the Airbus A320neo."

She added: “Next summer, easyJet will also introduce the 235-seat A321neo which will enable us to continue to deliver growth in slot constrained airports and deliver a further improvement in Co2 per passenger kilometre.”

Graham Keddie, managing director, Belfast International Airport, said: “We are committed to using the latest technology in the airport and also working with our airlines to minimise any environmental issues that may have an impact on the local community.

“Utilising this aircraft on routes to and from Belfast underlines easyJet's commitment to this market. As the biggest airline here, they play a huge part in our role as the gateway to Northern Ireland.”

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