Further 115 jobs to be created at Belfast International Airport

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Further 115 jobs to be created at Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is currently in the throes of a major renaissance period as six more on-site companies have announced they will be expanding operations at Aldergrove.

In just two months authorities at the airport have announced the creation of 298 jobs.

Last month Swissport, an aviation ground services handling company announced that it would be expanding its operation at the airport, creating 100 new jobs.

The latest announcement comes from six companies, including those involved in taxi services, on-side food outlets and private charter services.

Combined, the new jobs will inject over £1.5 million into the local economy.

Ryanair recently announced that it will begin six new routes from Aldergrove in 2016, starting with flights to London Gatwick April.

Belfast International Airport's Director of Commercial Development, Brian Carlin, said: “These jobs have little or no lead-in times. There’s a need for them now as we prepare for a bumper year with hundreds of thousands more passengers.

“Right across the board, we’re seeing welcome growth. Airlines and airports generate jobs and new business opportunities at little or no cost to the taxpayer.

“We’ve announced almost 300 new jobs over a nine-week period and that’s the equivalent of a major overseas inward investment costing millions of pounds. In a real sense, we’re growing the business without reliance on the public purse.

“All we ask in return is that Ministers do something more than say they recognise the importance of this business and get on with the job of putting in place a realistic, equitable and adequately resourced Air Route Development Fund to help us grow the network.

“We are making a difference, but we could do much more with a focused approach on an Air Route Development Fund and of course, addressing Air Passenger Duty which is an intolerable burden that is holding us back.”