Belfast City Airport is flying high as it ‘smashes’ its own passenger target – four months early.
Up to the end of August the airport has seen 200,977 passengers pass through its doors.
Popular sunshine destinations that have helped with a busy summer are Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma.
As well as the record breaking year, the airport has picked up many honours including being named as the most convenient airport in the UK and Ireland, and the sixth most convenient airport in the world in a study by The Daily Telegraph.
What’s more, it has also been shortlisted for the prestigious World Routes Marketing Award.
Speaking about the record year, Commercial and Marketing Manager, Katy Best, said, “To reach the milestone of over 200,000 international passengers almost four months before the end of the year is fantastic news for the airport and for the city of Belfast, and provides a major boost for Northern Ireland tourism.
The record passenger figures reflect our plans to significantly grow our European route network and are further evidence of the public demand for flights to key European destinations from an airport so close to Belfast city centre.
We have received fantastic feedback on our new routes to Brussels and Amsterdam with our partners Brussels Airlines and KLM, both of whom have enjoyed growth in seat sales.
Our sunshine routes have proved as popular as ever this year and, with the addition in June of Alicante to our flights to Malaga, Faro and Palma, it’s been a really strong summer for Aer Lingus at Belfast City Airport.”