in Aerospace

Belfast International Airport's annual passenger growth continues

Posted 10 January 2017 · Add Comment

Belfast International Airport finished 2016 by achieving a passenger growth rate of 17.2%.



In real terms, 5.15 million passengers passed through the airport, helped by a December performance that saw record growth of more than 33%.

The airport has achieved monthly double-digit growth since July last year.

Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, said 2016 was a huge success with further advances likely this year.

Mr Keddie said: “Our passenger numbers in 2016 were excellent. This year, we expect to set a new record of somewhere in the region of 5.4 million, which will surpass the last best performance in 2007 by about 100,000.

“Even though we will shortly lose the United flight to the United States, we will not be deflected from our growth curve. Of course, our airlines are instrumental in delivering the welcome boost with increased capacity and frequency and exciting new routes to Germany, Italy and Poland.

“United leaves a gap that we are working hard with government to fill and we are pursuing a number of positive leads.

“As a region, Northern Ireland has to have direct access to the USA which will underpin the inward investment drive. We have the prospect of reduced Corporation Tax to look forward to next year but its impact could be blunted if we don’t have direct, point-to-point access for potential inward investors to Northern Ireland.

“Canada, too, is an important business and tourism market and we have no doubt that Northern Ireland could sustain a Canadian service. We did so in the past, and there are even stronger grounds for believing we could do the same again.

“There’s a lot happening at the airport. Businesses based at the site are expanding and in recruitment mode. More growth means more job opportunities and we see that situation continuing this year.”
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

SSTL to build Galileo navigation payloads

Under an Authority to Proceed signed with prime contractor OHB-System AG today, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is commencing work on building eight navigation payloads for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite

Leonardo and Hensoldt to upgrade over 350 UK air, land and sea platforms

Leonardo has signed a £290 million contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) which will see Leonardo and Hensoldt, working together as 'Team Skytale', to upgrade the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) technology on more than

Boyce Precision Engineering brings first Hermle C250 to Belfast

Following their recent visit to the Hermle Open House in Gosheim, Southern Germany, Boyce Precision Engineering decided that the Hermle C250 platform provided them with the best route into 5 axis machining.

Hydro partners with IMCA Electronics

Aberdeen-headquartered subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc increases its global presences as it announces its partnership with Turkish firm, IMCA Electronics.

Old meets new at Air Tattoo

The Royal International Air Tattoo's celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force at RAF Fairford on July 14-16 will feature a special 'then and now' formation of American fighter aircraft, as a North

STG Aerospace supports International Women in Engineering Day

In support of International Women in Engineering Day, STG Aerospace interviewed one of its female engineers - Rhian Bache, Design Engineer at STG Aerospace - to get her personal perspective.

Getac SK2703270617
See us at
SMI FAVWS BT0504290617SMIUAV BT1005280917Aviation Africa BT18418SMI AirMissBT0305251017SMI12DE BT203280917DSEI LB0911150917