Belfast Telegraph

Air firm 'Open' for new business as countdown begins to Portrush 2019

By Ryan McAleer

The 2018 Open Championship may just have come to a close in Carnoustie, but Northern Ireland is already preparing itself for next year's event at Royal Portrush.

Golf's most famous tournament will return to the province for the first time since 1951 next July. And among those businesses hoping for a boost is Woodgate Aviation, based at Belfast International Airport.

The private aircraft company is offering its air transport services to both players and wealthy individuals.

"We have already started a promotion to offer free aircraft handling," said accountable manager David Shaw.

"Their aircraft can pull up and we'll have their chauffeured car or helicopter arriving at the same time to pick them up from the steps of the aircraft and take them on to Portrush or wherever they're staying."

Tickets for the 2019 tournament have already gone on limited sale, but businesses here have long been making preparations in the hope of benefiting from the estimated £70m economic windfall.

Belfast Telegraph

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