Be prepared as summer rush gets underway

As the summer exodus gets well and truly underway, Belfast International Airport is advising passengers to be prepared.

June, July and August are the airports busiest months with almost two million passengers travelling through the facility during this time.  On its busiest days, over 28,000 people are expected to travel with around 200 flights operating each day.

The airport is advising any passengers travelling during this time to remember that the security area will be particularly busy. Significant investment has been made in the security area, with new equipment and additional staff being deployed.  As a result, there has been a dramatic reduction in queuing times, however it will remain busy during peak times.

Passengers should remember these top tips when travelling this summer:

  • Leave at least two hours before your flight is due to depart but check with your airline or tour operator as some airlines open check-in earlier.
  • Have your boarding pass ready – face up and ready to scan at the security area.
  • If you have hold luggage, place all liquids in your hold baggage to save time at the security search area.
  • If you are bringing hand luggage, only ensure your liquids are 100 ml or less and placed in a 1l plastic resealable bag.
  • At the security area make sure you remove all outer clothing, belts etc and place in the trays.
  • All laptops and tablets should be removed from your luggage and placed in a tray.
  • If you are traveling with infants, you can bring baby food and milk over 100ml but this will be subject to search.  Only enough food should be brought for the duration of the journey.
  • Be sure to pre-book your car parking.  We have four car parks to choose from depending on your budget and duration of your trip.
  • Most of all….have a great holiday!

Graham Keddie managing director at the airport, said, “The summer season is our busiest and we are advising passengers that our security area will be busy at times, so, by following these top tips, it will speed up the security process for everyone. 

“We will have extra staff deployed around security to assist passengers with their preparation.”