Belfast Telegraph

Belfast airport sees 25% surge in number of passengers

By John Mulgrew

Passenger numbers at Belfast International Airport have surged by almost 25%, rising to 411,000 last month, it can be revealed.

The number of people passing through the airport shot up by 77,000 in November, compared to the same period a year earlier.

It is the 18th consecutive month of double digit growth and also the 21st month in a row of growth.

The airport also now says numbers are up almost 16% for the year-to-date.

Belfast International Airport managing director Graham Keddie said: "The sustained and consistent double-digit growth has led to the creation of substantial numbers of jobs and further private investment.

"We have had one of the most impressive periods of growth in the history of the airport.

"The entire effort is down to a partnership between ourselves and the airlines. Together, we are focused on expansion of services.

"We are offering passengers from the northern part of the island of Ireland real choice.

"Of course, passengers from across the border are benefiting from a favourable exchange rate and we have seen a discernible increase in the number favouring the international over other airports."

Mr Keddie added: "We are delighted with what has been achieved, and believe 2017 is set on a similar course where passenger numbers will once again increase and new job and business opportunities will come on stream."

Mr Keddie is to be appointed to the board of Tourism Ireland.

Last month, he hit out at the organisation, saying it should do more to attract visitors to Northern Ireland.

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