Belfast Airport had reason to celebrate this week as it reported its passenger numbers rose to 400,000 during April.
The rise equates to 12% compared to the previous month.
The airport goes from strength to strength. There’s a positive summer ahead thanks to the return of Virgin and an increase of passengers in the form of football fans for Euro 16. Chief Executive, Graham Keddie, says that its goal is to be back in the Top 10 airports in the UK, and soon. Whilst Autumn will see Ryanair adding a number of new routes to its listings, giving passengers an even greater choice, having already opened up 11 new flights this year already, including the popular Belfast to Gatwick service.
Combined, this activity should see the airport report passenger numbers of over 5 million by the end of this year.
Mr Keddie said, “Our airlines, easyJet, Jet2, Wizz, Ryanair and United put in impressive performances. Charter activity is also picking up and we expect that aspect of the business to make a significant contribution this month.
Ryanair says it could have 40 routes operating from Belfast International Airport and four million passengers in the next two to three years.
Looking ahead, 2017 will be a bumper year for us and it’s when we will also host the international Routes Europe Conference. We’re still trying to develop new long-haul services to Canada, in particular, and the Middle East, and that is where the new £4 million Air Development Fund can play a major part.”