Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Let's hope work flies in with Heathrow link

Two days and two chief executive of two of the world's biggest airlines visit Northern Ireland. That's not particularly surprising in itself, especially given both of them have significant operations here, but the fact Christoph Mueller and Willie Walsh have taken steps which suggest the Northern Ireland economy is looking ahead to growth is certainly interest.

Both Aer Lingus and British Airways, by cutting down on the routes they flew to the so-called 'sun destinations' and concentrating on the likes of the Heathrow route, are laying on a service which smacks of getting work done rather than getting away from work for a holiday.

Of course many people will use the connection in London to go off on their holidays to other destinations but in essence by focusing on flying to a city with such a huge economy then it's more about signing deals than throwing towels on a sun lounger.

That's good news for us because it offers more competition to a destination where our businesses can sell their goods and services and makes it easier for companies from London - and indeed other major cities around the world - to come here.

The world's our oyster.

All we've got to do is go out there and sell.