Christmas message to ‘energised and enthusiastic’ staff

22 Dec 2015

It has been a year of growth and no shortage of positive news at the airport. Across a range of activities, we’ve managed some impressive results.

 Our facilities continued to be modernised and upgraded involving considerable investment. Work will continue to improve passenger and visitor amenities in 2016.

The year, it seemed, passed in the proverbial blink of an eye. Training continued apace. We recruited apprentices, and more will follow in January. We got a new, locally developed MyBFS app, for staff, up and running along with a re-vamped, new-look website. Our Vision and Values policy was rolled out throughout the organisation. 

Our engagement with schools was ramped up, culminating in the newly forged relationship with Boys’ Model in North Belfast. More will follow. 

We supported Northern Ireland artisan producers who were able to ‘showcase’ their quality produce and products airside and chalk up impressive sales. The reaction from both passengers and staff has been hugely heartening, and I know from many producers that our initiative was most warmly welcomed.

Some of us weighed in by taking part in the ‘Biggest Loser’ weight loss fund-raiser. It raised more than £3,300 for Myeloma UK. Our drop-off charity day saw us achieve an impressive total of almost £25,000.  

We published papers and commented on issues that affect our business – issues such as the hugely damaging Air Passenger Duty (APD) and next month, we will give evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee at Westminster on why we say it should be devolved.

We have a workforce that is energised, enthusiastic and committed, and it has been heartening to see your willingness to embrace change and offer up ideas on how we could do things differently. It has been my pleasure leading you during 2015.  

Your buy-in for our shared ‘journey’ has been wonderful to witness. All that is left for me to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas and a satisifying and rewarding 2016.

Graham Keddie

Managing Director

Belfast International Airport

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