Airport puts in ‘solid effort’ with passenger growth
Published: 07 March 2012
Belfast International airport saw passenger numbers grow by more than 90,000 to 4.102 million last year in the face of another tough year for the economy.
Civil Aviation Authority figures show the International’s performance meant it was one of only a handful of UK airports to register growth.
Belfast International Airport Managing Director, John Doran, said: “The International is delighted to note the increase in annual traffic in the current economic circumstances.
“This result is due to a strong collaborative effort between the airport and our airline customers. We continue to strive towards expansion of Northern Ireland’s air transport network, with particular emphasis on routes delivering inbound prospects from tourists and investors.
“Our 2.3% growth has to be seen in the context of double digit declines for other airports, and is due in no small measure to the entire team willing to go the extra mile.
“We will have challenges ahead, but with the commitment of staff, airlines and, of course, our devolved administration, we can continue to defy the odds.
“This has been a solid effort for the International, helped in no small measure by new state-of-the-art facilities.
“We have invested heavily in our Terminal and work is continuing on a range of additional improvements which will further enhance the passenger experience and our operational capability”.