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Belfast International Airport Returns to Pre-Covid Passenger Volumes

Belfast International Airport handled 1.3 million passengers in the first quarter of this year – marking a year-on-year increase of 30% and a return to 98% of pre-Covid passenger volumes.

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

Airlines have boosted the range of destinations now on offer – at Belfast International – 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 flights 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 its ever popular flights to Bulgaria and Italy and Balkan Holidays will continue to operate Bulgaria year round.

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 providing further choice for local travellers. Our £100m investment plan continues at pace as our new security building is on track to be operational this summer alongside further terminal enhancements.”

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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