Airport reports spike in getaway demand
Published: 10 July 2012
Belfast International Airport is reporting a significant spike in demand as the traditional summer holidays get underway.
The airport says that passenger numbers are up 10% on the same weekend last July and are expected to exceed 66,000.
The figures are not all about people heading off to overseas destinations. The airport says it has seen an increase in the number of in-bound visitors – a welcome boost for the local tourism industry.
Belfast International Airport Managing Director, John Doran, says that multi-million pound tourism projects such as the Titanic Building and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor attraction are playing an important part in attracting increased numbers of overseas visitors.
“Northern Ireland has been able to capitalise on these important tourist attractions, and hosting the hugely successful Irish Open at Royal Portrush has added to our Global appeal.
“Thousands more visitors are flying here directly and the challenge we all face is to maintain that momentum. ‘NI 2012 Our Time, Our Place’ is delivering impressive results, and Belfast International is playing its part in making it a historic year.
“Despite the weather, we are fast becoming a ‘must visit’ destination for tens of thousands, and we’re seeing a significant spike on last year which was one of our best years ever. Tens of thousands of our own people are heading off on their summer breaks, but we’re seeing a sizable influx of visitors on all our carriers, and that augurs well for the future.
“This period is always busy. This coming weekend, we will see activity reach a July holiday peak, so passengers should leave themselves plenty of time to complete check-in and go through to their Departure Gates”.