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December: airport's passenger numbers soar

The Belfast Telegraph reveals that the Richland Group will build a 12-storey office development on the site of the Movie House cinema in the city centre. It is understood that the building could hold approximately 3,000 staff. It is also believed that the existing building will be knocked down to make way for the top-end, grade A office development.

Belfast International Airport announces a surge in numbers of almost 25%, rising to 411,000 in November, while the sale of Belfast City Airport to 3i funds is confirmed.

21st Century Fox tables a bid to buy Sky, and Thompson Aero is bought by China-based firm AVIC.

Think think the Nevin Economic Research Institute says that the Executive must fight to remain in the customs union in order to avoid a return to a hard border with the Republic, which would have a "disruptive" and "unique threat" to cross-border trade following the UK's exit from the European Union. The think tank adds it is a "ridiculous" concept that the UK could leave the customs union, but not introduce border checks.

Planning permission is granted by An Bord Pleanala in the Republic for the southern part of the North-South Interconnector. But the Northern Ireland section of the Interconnector will not go head until the findings of a public inquiry are published in February.

A massive £36m expansion of Kilkeel harbour could create up to 1,000 new jobs, ambitious plans that include a new breakwater reveal. While fishermen currently catch prawns, the expansion, when complete, could see them landing mackerel and herring.

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