Passenger numbers are up eight percent at Belfast International Airport as staff prepare to deal with the big holiday getaway.
Between yesterday (Sunday, 5th) and next Monday (13th), the airport will handle more than 152,000 passengers. Each day, up to 100 flights will arrive and depart at Northern Ireland’s principal airport.
The busiest day will be Saturday, 11th when some 21,000 passengers will come through the Terminal.
The summer holiday period began in earnest with the arrival of larger, long-haul aircraft operated by Thomas Cook Airlines to Florida and Las Vegas as well as the inaugural Virgin Atlantic service to Orlando.
Passenger figures for June are up 8% on the same month last year and this trend’s expected to continue throughout the summer season.
The strong performance is attributable to increases on all UK domestic routes and popular international flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Palma, Ibiza, Nice, Amsterdam and Cyprus.
New routes to Rome, Verona, Prague, Gran Canaria, Zante, Corfu, Reykjavik, Split, Vilnius and Katowice are also recording impressive performances.
Uel Hoey, Belfast International Airport Business Development Director, said: “The numbers we are seeing so far will make summer 2015 an exceptionally strong summer season. Monthly growth of 8% reflects the range of destinations we serve and
the competitively priced products offered by our airlines.
“We’re more than ready for the summer rush and, of course, we’re also prepared to welcome record numbers of visitors to Northern Ireland especially from our biggest and most important tourist market in Great Britain.
“We’ve added new passenger facilities in International Arrivals and Domestic Arrivals and if you book on-line, you’ll find the best possible car parking prices in our safe and legal car parks.”
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