The lounge, which is operated by Swissport, formerly known as Servisair, further enhances the facilities at Belfast City Airport, which transports over 2.5 million passengers each year.
Business and leisure customers alike can now take advantage of the quiet, relaxing environment, whilst enjoying a selection of newspapers, magazines and beverages and snacks on offer, before travelling to one of the domestic or summer European locations served by the airport.
Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, Brian Ambrose, said: “With a record number of passengers travelling through the airport in 2013, and 2014 set to be just as busy, it is important that we maintain the high standard of service our customers our used to, and will therefore continue to heavily invest in facilities at the airport to further enhance the passenger experience now and into the future.
“The Aspire Lounge is our newest facility for passengers to enjoy before boarding their flight and I look forward to working with Swissport, and our other service providers, to ensure the airport remains an attractive offering to passengers from across the world, and airlines alike.”
Entry to the Aspire Lounge in Belfast City Airport costs adult passengers just £18.99, with reduced rates for children. The lounge will also welcome members of the Priority Pass and , Airport Angel membership schemes, Aerlingus Gold Circle card holders, CityWing Business Select Passengers, Flybe premium customers and LinksAir ‘W Class’ members.
Shaun Weston, Travel Services Director for Swissport commented: “We are delighted to bring a new Aspire Lounge to George Best Belfast City Airport.
“We look forward to welcoming customers and providing an exceptional service, including a great food and beverage offering, as well as fantastic facilities in a comfortable and modern environment specifically designed to meet their needs.”
The Lounge will be open daily from 0500 with three food menus throughout the day. These include bacon rolls, a selection of cereals and fresh fruit, fresh soup and bread rolls, and cheese and biscuits.
At the official opening of the lounge, former Olympic Gold Pentathlon winner, Dame Mary Peters, said:
“The eyes on the world have been on Northern Ireland in recent years with the Titanic Centenary, the World Police and Fire Games, and more recently the Giro d’Italia Big Start, and it is fantastic that the airport has such wonderful facilities to welcome these tourists to Northern Ireland.
“The Aspire Lounge offers great views of the busy airfield and will no doubt assist in waving a fond farewell to our visitors at the end of their stay as they leave with wonderful memories of Belfast, and Northern Ireland.”
Use of the lounge will entitle passengers to earn LoungeMiles Stamps, Aspire Lounges generous loyalty scheme, rewarding guests with gift vouchers for leading high street retailers or free lounge visits.
Access passes for the Aspire Lounge can be purchased at the Information Desk in Belfast City Airport, or online at: www.executivelounges.com/lounges/belfast-city-aspire-lounge
For further information, please visit www.belfastcityairport.com or contact the airport through their social media channels:
Facebook – facebook.com/belfastcityairport
Twitter - @Belfastcity_air
Shaun Weston, Travel Services Director for Swissport, joins Dame Mary Peters and George Best Belfast City Airport CEO Brian Ambrose at the opening of the Aspire Lounge.