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Graham Keddie (left), Belfast International Airport managing director and Dr William McCrea, DUP MP for South Antrim, celebrated the opening of Jet Assist business jet centre with managing director Ian Morrow

Graham Keddie (left), Belfast International Airport managing director and Dr William McCrea, DUP MP for South Antrim, celebrated the opening of Jet Assist business jet centre with managing director Ian Morrow

Graham Keddie (left), Belfast International Airport managing director and Dr William McCrea, DUP MP for South Antrim, celebrated the opening of Jet Assist business jet centre with managing director Ian Morrow

As the economy is beginning to take off again, Belfast International Airport has scooped a deal to make it more attractive to business customers.

Jet Assist has opened a new business centre at the airport, aimed at meeting the needs of its business, private and state travellers.

The company, which was started in 2009, has created five jobs with the centre, but it expects to double this figure within the next 12-to-18 months.

It will feature its own security screening and seating for up to 25 passengers, and the firm hopes it will be "one of the finest business aviation facilities on the island of Ireland".

Ian Morrow, managing director of Jet Assist, said: "Thousands of business jets pass through our airports every year and we wanted to be part of that market.

"Indeed in our first few months of operation we have managed to secure contracts with several large trip support operators which will lead to an increase in aircraft movements through our facility at Belfast International Airport."

Graham Keddie, managing director of Belfast International Airport, thanked Jet Assist for opening at Aldergrove.

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He said "We are delighted to welcome Jet Assist to Belfast International Airport and I am confident that Ian and his team will grow and develop the business jet service here. Jet Assist chose BIA because it is strategically located on the North Atlantic Eastern Seaboard, operates 24/7 with no night-time curfews which is essential when operating in the business jet marketplace."

Dr William McCrea, DUP MP for South Antrim, said: "It is great to see young entrepreneurs succeeding in their chosen field and even more heartening to hear of the future business growth and job prospects. I wish Ian and his colleagues every success."

Mr Morrow added: "Invest NI recognised from an early stage that a Business Jet Centre is an integral part of attracting inward investment and promoting international trade and tourism."


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