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Belfast International Airport to hire 50 more security staff

By Staff Reporter

Rising passenger numbers have led to 50 new security jobs at Belfast International Airport.

ICTS, which operates central search, said that it plans to expand its workforce to 250.

The company is seeking to recruit personnel from all over Northern Ireland.

ICTS said the airport is heading toward a record number of passengers this summer and it wants to prepare for the unprecedented traffic.

The central search facility handles up to 12,000 passengers a day at peak times.

ICTS station manager Chris Armstrong said: "We are having to go beyond the South Antrim area to recruit staff.

"That's why all job centres throughout Northern Ireland have been made aware of our requirement needs.

"This year, the airport expects to exceed six million passengers for the first time in its history and, put simply, that means new jobs and new opportunities.

"This recruitment drive by ICTS is necessary to keep pace with the numbers of passengers who go through central search and on to airside facilities and departure gates.

"We're delighted to be expanding, which reinforces the economic importance of the airport site not only to immediate council areas, but to all eleven councils."

Earlier this week it was announced that infrastructure investment manager OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) had sold its interests in Airports Worldwide, which included Belfast International Airport.

As part of the deal, Vinci has bought Belfast International outright and now has a 90% stake in Skavsta Airport near Stockholm in Sweden.

Vinci Airports has 36 facilities across the world, in countries such as Portugal, Cambodia, Japan and France.

Belfast International Airport said: "Vinci are one of the leading airport operators in the world with a global portfolio.

The transaction will close later in the year."

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