New Fund 'step in the right direction' - Keddie

24 Mar 2016

Belfast International Airport says that the announcement of a new £4 Million fund to support Air Route development in Northern Ireland over a three year period is a step in the right direction and a basis upon which to build.


Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, said: "While we welcome the introduction of this new initiative, the removal of UK Air Passenger Duty on flights departing from Northern Ireland remains the real and fundamental key to unlocking significant growth in direct air access.

"Only by providing tourists from mainland Europe with direct, sustainable access to Northern Ireland will we see any appreciable benefit in economic terms, through spend in our hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.

"We look forward to reviewing the detail of the scheme and to working with DETI, Invest NI and our airlines to fully exploit this opportunity."

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