Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Northern Ireland Airport's welcome G8 Summit ©

Northern Ireland airport's Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport have warmly welcomed the news Northern Ireland is to 39th annual G8 Summit next year in Lough Erne Resort County Fermanagh on 17-18th June 2013 adding it would be a tremendous fillip’ to the local economy.

Managing Director Belfast John Doran said “Belfast International Airport will play its full role in making this summit a resounding success. We have the capacity to handle all of their aircraft requirements and, as they set foot on Northern Ireland soil, they will be guaranteed a very warm welcome.

We have considerable experience in this respect having dealt with Presidents, Prime Ministers and other leaders in the recent past.This Summit is an opportunity to showcase what’s best about Northern Ireland. We’re ready for the G8 and, as a community; we must be ready to exploit the benefits from this potentially tremendous fillip for the local economy.

Tourism, inward investment and political stability will all come under the microscope and we have to be ready to do all we can to exploit what’s offered.We have one chance to shine, one chance to make a massive impression globally, and we have to grasp it with both hands.We have never had an event of this magnitude, and Belfast International airport stands ready to play its full part in making it memorable and successful”.

City of Derry Airport Managing Director Mr Damien Tierney said "The news as an “excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland”, adding that “we are looking forward to playing our role in welcoming the leaders of the G8 nations from across the world during 2013, our special year of Culture Celebrations”.

Chairman of Tourism Ireland Brian Ambrose said “This is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland – not only to world leaders but also to the international media. It will raise the profile of Northern Ireland and ultimately help us achieve our goal of increasing visitor numbers from overseas”.

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Aer Lingus Announces new George Best Belfast City Airport-Palma route ©

Aer Lingus announced is launching a new route from George Best Belfast City Airport to Palma from 2nd April 2013 operating twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday, and will re-launch daily services to Faro and Malaga from 31st March 2013, also its increasing frequency on the London Gatwick route from three to four times daily (expect Saturdays) offering 48 weekly flights to London Gatwick and Heathrow.

Aer Lingus Commercial Director Northern Ireland Valerie Abbott said "We are delighted to announce the addition of our new route to Palma to our 2013 Summer Schedule so early into the launch of our new base at Belfast City Airport.

Cosmopolitan Palma is the capital city of Majorca in the Balearic Islands and is the perfect destination for a beach holiday. The city is steeped in history and overflowing with little boutiques and restaurants, making it an ideal city break option.

We have been overwhelmed by positive feedback since our move to Belfast City Airport from our customers and the trade alike being voted ‘Best Airline ex. Belfast to Europe’, for the third year in a row, at the recent Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards was a huge vote of confidence in our development strategy

We are committed to growing our business in Northern Ireland and will continue to explore further opportunities for the expansion of our network from George Best Belfast City Airport".

Aer Lingus will be competing against Easyjet x 4 weekly from 17th April 2013 and Jet2 x 2 weekly from 29th March 2013 on the route operating from Belfast International Airport.

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