A new exhibition has been launched to celebrate 50 years since the first flight from Belfast International Airport.
The collection of photographs and airport memorabilia charts the history of the facility over the half-century.
Then simply known as Aldergrove, the airport got the Royal seal of approval from Her Majesty the Queen Mother in October 1963. The exhibition follows the International’s journey from its humble beginnings to its position as the Province’s main airport – catering for more than four million passengers each year.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy joined the management team yesterday to celebrate the milestone.
Mr Kennedy said: “The impressive photographic exhibition records some of the key moments in the first 50 years of its life, and shows just how important a role it plays in the economic life of Northern Ireland. I want to wish the airport every good fortune and look forward to assisting it as it goes about building a more extensive route network, increasing passenger choice and attracting new carriers.”
John Doran, the airport’s managing director, said: “I am delighted that our passengers, staff and the local community will be able to view the exhibition as they travel through the airport. The heritage of this airport, and the role it has played in the development of the region through the decades, is important and these exhibits provide an insight into how the aviation industry has progressed.”