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      Wednesday 18 Dec 2013

      George Best Belfast City Airport has received Mayoral praise as it prepares to transport more than 100,000 passengers over the Christmas and New Year period, in what has already been one of the busiest years in its 30 year history.
      Passenger figures for the 12 months to the end of October 2013 were over 2.5 million - up 14.1%* on the previous 12 months.

      On a visit to the airport, the Lord Mayor of Belfast and the Mayor of North Down praised staff and management for the important economic role the facility plays.

      Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, said:

      “It is extremely encouraging to see the airport continue to thrive in what still is a challenging economy.

      “The tourism sector and especially local Belfast traders benefit directly from the City Airport and I am delighted with the record numbers of passengers passing through the airport to visit our great city.

      “The connectivity between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow, which is the gateway to the world, is extremely important to ensure the future growth of Belfast.

      “Working with Belfast City Airport I am also keen to promote jobs within the city. The airport already employs over 1,500 people on site and supports the development of young people through its High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme and I look forward to working together to further promote this initiative.”

      Mayor of North Down, Andrew Muir, said:

      “Belfast City Airport is one of our most valuable transport assets, particularly for business passengers. This vital transport hub ensures that businesses across Belfast and North Down are a flying success. I am determined to work with the Airport and key stakeholders to provide a more stable and secure future for this valuable economic gateway.

      “Northern Ireland’s economy still faces many difficulties, but by bringing people and businesses together, we can facilitate collaborative solutions to promote growth, develop skills and retain talent.”

      Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said:

      “Christmas is certainly the busiest time of the year and the atmosphere in the terminal is always fantastic with choirs from our adopted schools performing carols and extra staff on board to ensure the smoothest of journeys for all our passengers.

      “2013 has been a particularly busy year for Belfast City Airport with over 1.65 million passengers being transported through the terminal in the summer months alone. This is an increase of nearly 22% on the same period last year.

      “As Northern Ireland’s sole link with London Heathrow, this route has been particularly strong and no doubt continue throughout the festive period, with passengers from across the world using the London hub to arrive home for Christmas.

      “The domestic routes operated by Flybe, our largest and longest serving airline, have performed well throughout the year and will also be extremely busy getting our passengers where they need to be for the holidays.

      “Continued private investment at the airport, which has exceeded £15 million in the last 4 years, ensures that the airport has the capacity to welcome both business and leisure passengers into Northern Ireland through a modern airport with state of the art, efficient facilities.”

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      *Figures published by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)