Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Flybe asks Peter Robinson to step in

Flybe has asked First Minister Peter Robinson to intervene in the row over George Best Belfast City Airport’s controversial runway extension planning application.

Flybe flies domestic flights from the City Airport, but is opposed to plans to extend the runway by 590m to allow planes to fly further, opening up new destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean.

It’s thought Environment Minister Edwin Poots could be poised to make his decision on whether the plans to extend the runway should go ahead.

Chief commerical manager of Flybe Mike Rutter\[Stephen Holland\] who met with the First Minister yesterday, said the plans threatened the airport’s status as a “breeze-through” short-haul airport that has been concentrating on business customers and bringing investment here.

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