Belfast Telegraph

More than 100 Belfast International Airport jobs to be created as busy year looms

By Staff Reporter

More than 100 new part-time and full-time jobs are to be created at Belfast International Airport, it was announced today.

Around six businesses in support services at Aldergrove have said they will be filling 85 full-time jobs and 35 part-time posts, from taxi drivers to catering assistants.

The plans for 115 new recruits bring to 255 the jobs announced at the airport in the last few weeks.

It follows news that Ryanair will be setting up a hub at the airport in March.

Last week ground handling services firm Swissport said it would be hiring 100 people, while security firm ICTS seeks out 40 recruits.

The airport is to hold a jobs fair at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, next Monday.

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Brian Carlin, airport director of commercial development, said: "These jobs have little or no lead-in times. There's a need for them now as we prepare for a bumper year with hundreds of thousands more passengers.

"Right across the board, we're seeing welcome growth. Airlines and airports generate jobs and new business opportunities at little or no cost to the taxpayer.

"We've announced almost 300 new jobs over a nine-week period and that's the equivalent of a major overseas inward investment costing millions of pounds. In a real sense, we're growing the business without reliance on the public purse."

But the airport has said it would be in a position to expand even further if air passenger duty was abolished for short-haul flights.

Belfast Telegraph