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Belfast airport policy a huge turn-off for tourists

I WAS unfortunate enough to be caught up in the chaos in Belfast International Airport on August 28.

Your article (News, August 29) reported the general details, but did not fully explain that the airport actually made increased profits from the chaos through increased sales of priority security passes, which allowed customers in danger of missing flights to pay to jump the queue.

Belfast International Airport should immediately discontinue sales of such passes and provide the service for which passengers have already paid as part of their fare.

I am often asked by people wishing to visit Northern Ireland where they should visit. In past times, I struggled between the Antrim coast, the Fermanagh lakes, Strangford and the Mournes and many more. Now, with the continued unreasonable ferry prices and mismanaged airports, my answer in future will be much easier.

To anyone thinking about a holiday in Northern Ireland who asks about where I would recommend, I will say Paris.

In France, I have been inconvenienced by strikes, but not by airports and ferry companies.

IAN CARRUTHERS

Hampshire

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