Following the news of British Airways commitment to the Belfast to London route George Best Belfast City Airport chief executive Brian Ambrose reported that the latest figures by the Civil Aviation Authority is positive news for Northern Ireland.
Mr Ambrose said: “Over 162,000 passengers have already used the terminal in January 2014.
“This is an eight per cent increase on passenger figures for January 2013.
“Within the last 12 months we have experienced a 13.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers which again sees the airport outperforming passenger growth at many other major UK airports and puts us ahead of the average growth of UK airports which stands at 3.9 per cent.
“Our strong domestic route network and convenient location make Belfast City Airport a popular choice for leisure and business travellers alike.
“The London Heathrow route, served exclusively in Northern Ireland by Aer Lingus and British Airways from Belfast City Airport, is one of the strongest performing routes and I expect this will continue throughout 2014 as passengers use the global hub for onward connections.
“2014 looks set to be just as busy as 2013 and we will continue to work with our existing, and new, airline partners to further enhance our offering to passengers.”