Belfast International Airport handles 1.3 million passengers in Q1 2024 with growing list of destinations

The 2024 quarterly traffic figures published by VINCI Airports show that Belfast International Airport served 1.3 million passengers in the first quarter of 2024, which represents 98% of pre-pandemic (2019) numbers.

Belfast International Airport’s strong recovery is further evidenced by its increased GB and European connectivity.  Airlines have boosted the range of destinations now on offer with seven new routes to start in 2024 as well as increased frequencies on a range of destinations.

easyJet will launch Tunisia and Larnaca with Ryanair and Jet2 having already launched new flighst to Malta.  Jet2 will also launch new services to Bodrum with TUI introducing summer flights to Larnaca as well as new routes to both Salzburg and Turin as winter destinations.  Travel Solutions will continue their ever popular flights to Bulgaria and Italy and Balkan Holidays will continue to operate Bulgaria year round.

There were almost 11,00 total aircraft movements at Belfast International from Jan-March this year, which is an increase of 25% on 2023 figures.

Dan Owens, CEO, Belfast International Airport said: “These figures are extremely positive and clearly show Belfast International Airport’s continued strong recovery. We are expecting a busy year ahead  with an extensive range of destinations that will boost the local economy as well as providng further choice for local travellers.  Our £100m investement plan continues at pace as our new security building is on track to be operational this summer alongside further terminal enhancements.”


The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May 2002. Since then it has supported more than 2,500 charitable projects, each receiving an average grant of £10,000 and the support of up to four employees.    The VINCI UK Foundation was launched in early 2016 with the specific goal of promoting social cohesion and fighting exclusion and isolation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, by combining the skills of VINCI staff with financial assistance to be a long term partner for the community.  Businesses contributing to the VINCI UK Foundation are VINCI Energies UK & RoI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Concessions, Bachy Soletanche, Eurovia, Freyssinet, Nuvia and Belfast International Airport.



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