Airport marks new era in NI-Turkey relations
Published: 05 June 2014
The Turkish Ambassador to London, Unal Cevikoz, formally inaugurated the office of the new Northern
Ireland Consulate of the Republic of Turkey at Belfast International Airport
The event was supported by the Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA, and South Antrim MP, Rev Dr William McCrea.
Ambassador Cevikoz said that the value of trade between Northern Ireland Turkey was worth £120 million per year, but that that was a fraction of what stood to be gained through closer links, including a direct air service between Belfast International Airport and Istanbul. The newly appointed Honorary Consul, David Campbell, touched on the value of major infrastructural projects that were underway or planned in Turkey and he, too, supported efforts already underway to promote an
air route to the rapidly growing Instanbul hub airport with its vast network.
Minister Kennedy said a Belfast-Istanbul route would be “a game-changer” and he hoped discussions that
were underway would reach a successful conclusion. Belfast International Airport Managing Director, John Doran, said he hoped the opening of the office would mark the beginning of a new phase in Northern Ireland-Turkey relations.