Security jobs boost for Belfast International Airport
Forty new security jobs are to be created at Belfast International Airport.
The posts are being created by aviation security company ICTS, and will generate £650,000 in wages in the local economy.
They are the first to flow from the planned arrival of Ryanair in March and the increase in seat capacity by existing airlines easyJet, Jet2, United and Wizz.
Ryanair has announced that it will operate a service to London Gatwick with the prospect of a number of other new routes.
Airport operations director Alan Whiteside said: "These are exciting times for Belfast International. What's really good about these jobs is that they are being created, not promised, at no cost whatsoever to the taxpayer.
"We're making headway as an economic hub for Northern Ireland. It's a pity those who drive job creation and investment don't realise the important role the airport plays in re-balancing our economy.
"I have no doubt that we could achieve even greater results if ministers grasped the nettle of Air Passenger Duty (APD) and took steps to consign it to the bin."
ICTS said the additional employees will bring its airport workforce to 250.
Jim Finegan, operations director ICTS (UK), said: "It's wonderful to be on a recruitment drive. Growth at the airport means greater demand for our professional aviation security services. It's a win-win for all."