A recent poll carried out by Lucid Talk for the Belfast Telegraph showed 63.2% of people in Northern Ireland prefering to fly from George Best Belfast City Airport. The airport is calling for its seats for sale restriction to be removed.
Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted, and feel very encouraged that the poll reflects the hard work and determination by the airport’s staff to make the passenger experience the very best it can be.
“Over recent years, the airport has made significant investments to upgrade our facilities, enhance our product offering and has grown our route network to simply make travelling a more pleasurable experience for our passengers and to increase consumer choice.
“Our latest development, in the International Arrivals Hall, sees the arrivals space in the airport more than double to accommodate our new international passengers in 2013.
“George Best Belfast City Airport is one of the most restricted airports in Europe. It is the only airport in Europe with a seats for sale restriction, limiting us to the amount of seats we can sell from the airport each year.
“Removal of this restriction would directly and indirectly generate an additional 350 jobs and £22.4 million of economic growth to the region, which cannot be overlooked, especially in today’s economic climate.
“We work hard to balance the growth of our business with the need to protect the quality of life for our local residents and the environment.
“We will continue to go that extra mile to meet our passengers needs and look forward to a very busy 2013. Next year we will celebrate our 30th anniversary, launch our European routes and strive to maintain our position as Northern Ireland’s favourite airport in the hearts and minds of the public.”