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New flights, new routes and more passengers to take-off from Belfast International Airport

Announcement set to create new jobs at transport hub

By John Mulgrew

Eight new flights - including six new routes - are being added at Belfast International Airport, creating around 50 jobs.

It's understood the routes will be a mixture of sun routes, including a city destination. The full details are due to be announced on Wednesday.

It's believed an additional 100,000 seats will be added a year with the introduction of the new links.

Belfast International Airport boss Graham Keddie also said 5.6 million passengers will pass through the airport this year. But that number could grow to closer to six million.

A number of airlines currently fly to European sun routes from the Co Antrim hub, including Ryanair and Jet2.

The anouncement of the new routes come as a major air conference is being held in Belfast for the first time. Routes Europe, which began on Monday, will see 1,200 delegates from airlines and airports across Europe descend on the Waterfront Hall.

Earlier this year United Airlines ended its daily flights between America and Northern Ireland saying it was no longer feasible.

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