Belfast Telegraph

Public asked to air views on £5m Premier Inn at airport

By John Mulgrew

A Premier Inn hotel planned close to Belfast International Airport has taken its latest step forward. The new £5m 81-bedroom development at the airport will go out for public consultation this week.

It’s being built by Moorefield Contracts, as revealed in yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph.

Around 30 jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase, and a further 30 once it opens.

Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Hospitality said: “The demand for more hotel rooms has been created by the growth and success at the International Airport.

“We are excited by the opportunity to bring forward a new hotel creating a range of jobs in the process. We have secured a leading hotel operator for the development. We have recently completed construction of the new Airport Service Station forecourt and convenience retail outlet located close to the new proposed hotel.

“Marks & Spencer has already signed up as the anchor tenant as well as Irish coffee chain Insomnia who are opening their first outlet in Northern Ireland, there will be 100 full and part-time jobs.”

And Graham Keddie, managing director of Belfast International Airport, said: “The proposed hotel development mirrors wider economic activity at the airport and is a direct result of passenger growth.

“We have just had 26 consecutive months of double-digit growth and clearly there’s a demand for new passenger and visitor facilities.

“The hotel isn’t just good for the airport, but good for the entire area.

“What we are doing is delivering tangible benefit and, in so doing, creating business opportunities with great potential.”

Moorefield has already developed a £3.5m new Emo petrol station forecourt close to the airport.

Aside from the new hotel, Moorefield is also developing a major £10m hotel, retail and leisure development in Dungannon.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Weekly Business Digest Newsletter

This week's business news headlines, directly to your inbox every Tuesday.