BIA welcomes boost to passenger numbers

BIA MD Graham Keddie
BIA MD Graham Keddie

Belfast International Airport continues to record strong levels of growth after more than 370,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month of March, representing an increase of 12% on the same period last year and an increase of 16% since January 2016.

Managing director Graham Keddie said, “Added capacity by easyJet coupled with strong demand on domestic routes continues to fuel this increase in numbers.

“The re-introduction of the year round United Airlines service to Newark – New York has bolstered international traffic during the winter period.

“Our performance over the first quarter of 2016 has got the year off to a fantastic start and we are confident that we will break the five million passenger barrier by the end of the year.

“We remain focused on building our network to key European and international markets.

“With increased capacity from easyJet and Jet2.com and the addition of Ryanair to our portfolio of airlines we will have a greater choice of direct routes for local travellers as well as ensuring Northern Ireland is more accessible to the increasing number of tourists who want to visit.”