Belfast International Airport is targeting hoildaymakers in the border counties of the Irish Republic with a new advertising campaign it hopes will divert them from Dublin.
With a reduction already in the number of flyers from the province heading to south to fly, the airport is pushing a simple message it hopes will hit home.
The billboard, newspaper, radio and digital advertising campaign will have as its strapline ‘Cheaper. Nearer. Simpler’ and builds on the fact that a strong euro offers better value when flying from Belfast International.
‘Forget Dublin. We’re flying’ is Belfast’s fight-back effort against the larger rival which claimed to attract a significant part of the Northern Ireland market.
Using Brexit, the ads will encourage passengers to ‘Vote to Leave’ via Belfast and ‘Give your euro a break when you turn around and ‘Brexit Belfast International’.
Managing director Graham Keddie says there has never been a better time for passengers in southern border counties to use the International.
“The strength of the euro over the pound gives a distinct and clear advantage to southern passengers.
“We’ve been seeing a noticeable increase in the number of southern-registered cars in our car parks. We fly to ninety destinations in Europe and, at the beginning of July, Norwegian will commence trans-Atlantic services to New York and Providence (Rhode Island/Boston).
“At the other end, you can be through immigration in under 15 minutes without the congestion of Newark, JFK, Boston or the queues at pre-clearance in Dublin. Nothing could be simpler.
“Belfast International operates to 11 GB destinations – Gatwick is the UK’s busiest domestic route – and our holiday services this year with Virgin, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Wizz, Thomson and Thomas Cook offer great choice.
“Savings are appreciable. Convenience, too, is a factor as for many in the southern border region, it’s easier to drive north than south. And our car parking, which can be booked online, is at competitive rates.
“We’re saying to people to select the best option for them.
“Once they weigh up all the factors, on fares, proximity, car parking and facilities, we know many more will want to opt for us.”
The campaign will run during June and July.