United Airlines this week celebrated the ninth anniversary of its service between Belfast International Airport and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.
The airline has carried over 830,000 people on the route since its inauguration in 2005.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Mairtin O’Muilleoir, who is a frequent customer on the United Belfast service, said: “I want to congratulate United on the success of this route which provides a direct link between Belfast and New York.
“Indeed I am proud to be travelling on the service with a business delegation. ‘Belfast in the Big Apple’ is the first outward business mission from the city to New York in 20 years, showcasing the very best of our companies and allowing start-up funds here to set out their stalls in New York and this New York service enables us to bring Belfast closer to the USA.”
Bob Schumacher, United Airlines Managing Director Sales, United Kingdom & Ireland, said: “We are pleased with the success of our Belfast-New York/Newark service and thank our customers for their support over the past nine years.
“As the only trans-Atlantic carrier serving Belfast United offers customers a convenient way of flying direct to New York, with onward connections to over 300 destinations across the Americas.
“Northern Ireland and the US enjoy strong social ties as well as business links, and United is glad to have helped support and develop these relationships with its nonstop service.”
John Doran, Managing Director of Belfast International Airport, added: “We are delighted to be celebrating with United Airlines today and are rightly proud of the tremendous success of the route.
“The New York service has not only made an enormous contribution to the Northern Ireland tourism economy but it has also strengthened business links between Northern Ireland and the United States of America. We will continue to work closely with United to grow and develop this route to the benefit of the entire region.”