Belfast City Airport outperforms major UK airports

George Best Belfast City AirportFigures* published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have revealed that George Best Belfast City Airport handled more air transport movements in 2013 than any other Northern Ireland airport.

A 13.2% increase in passenger numbers has also seen the airport outperform passenger growth at any other major UK airport.

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, said: With just over 2.5 million passengers being transported through the airport and 36,867 flight movements, 2013 was one of the busiest years in our 30 year history.

The triumph of the World Police and Fire Games plus the influx of visitors around the G8 and the success of our summer European services culminated in a great year for the airport.

As Northern Ireland’s sole link with Heathrow and with regular daily services to Gatwick, our London routes witnessed large volumes of passengers throughout the year.

2014 looks set to be as busy and we hope to build on our European network offering flights to European cities not currently served from Belfast.”

In addition to increased passenger growth, air transport movements at the airport in 2013 saw an increase of 2.6% on 2012. Mr Ambrose continued:

The Planning Agreement under which we operate stipulates that annual flight movements at the airport can total 48,000, and we will continue to manage all future growth within this cap.”

*2013 CAA Airport Statistics can be viewed here.

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