Airport numbers soar as summer getaway begins

A Thomas Cook A330 prepares for departure to Florida

A Thomas Cook A330 prepares for departure to Florida

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Close to 11,000 passengers per day will file through the entrance doors at Belfast International Airport as the summer holiday exodus gets underway.

Over the next few days alone, the airport will accommodate some 50,000 passengers in the Check-in Hall.

In total, over the next two weeks – the annual holiday peak period - the airport expects 150,000 passengers who are booked on flights to many different sunshine destinations.

Uel Hoey, the airport’s Business Development Director, said: “This is our busiest time of the year and we’re seeing an uplift in activity which reflects an improving economic climate.

“We’re fully prepared for the influx to the airport. 150,000 outbound passengers will use the airport but that is only one part of the story. As thousands are jetting off, thousands more will be arriving, so activity levels will be at an all-time high.

“Popular destinations this summer include the traditional hotspots of Spain, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece as well as New York, Florida, and Sharm el Sheikh.

“New destinations this year include Bordeaux, Jersey and Corfu and they are all performing strongly. City breaks to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona continue to be a popular choice.”

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