Take-off in airport jobs welcomed
Almost 2,000 job applications have been received for 300 vacancies in companies operating at Belfast International Airport (BIA).
The figure emerged during the debut Airport Jobs Fair in Templepatrick yesterday, which featured 14 stands and attracted more than 1,000 people in the first hour.
BIA human resources manager Jaclyn Coulter said: "Check-in staff, baggage handlers, catering staff, security and apprenticeships were all to the fore during our first ever jobs fair. Interest was intense.
"We estimate that about 2,000 applications were lodged with airport companies. Many posts have already been filled - these are jobs that are actually being created and not merely promised or promoted.
"All of this is because the airport is enjoying tremendous growth with existing airlines ramping up activity and, of course, the imminent arrival of Ryanair, which will open a new Northern Ireland hub.
"The 298 jobs announced so far will be followed by additional opportunities as passenger and airline activity increases. There's a direct correlation between passenger growth and new job opportunities."