Airport tees up The Open challenge
Published: 17 June 2014
Belfast International Airport has welcomed the decision to
bring The Open Championship to Royal Portrush Golf Club.
The invitation to join the rota to host the world’s most prestigious golf event will attract thousands of first-time visitors to
Northern Ireland, and the airport says it stands ready to play its part in this exciting venture.
Belfast International Airport Business Development Director Uel Hoey, said: “The Open will place Northern Ireland in a very exclusive ‘club’, one which will serve to whet the appetite of golfers the world over. Once they see what Royal Portrush has to offer, they’ll want to come here to play our famous links courses for themselves.
Nothing succeeds like success. Now, it’s important that we have the direct access in place so that the expected influx of visitors can fly into Northern Ireland directly. We have a number of years to build our international connectivity from Europe and further afield from North America and the important new markets in the Near and Far East. This opportunity
shouldn’t be lost. Tens of thousands will make the trip, followed by many more, and if we are to truly reap the value for the local economy, we have to make sure they can get to Northern Ireland with the minimum of hassle.
This is a colossal achievement and we congratulate all involved in convincing the R&A that we are geared up for this challenge and this amazing opportunity.”