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Airport News Is Big Vote of Confidence In Council Area

07 January 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council welcomes the news that Ryanair is to invest £300 million in a new base at Belfast International Airport and creating 750 new jobs is a clear vote of confidence in the Council area.

Basing three aircraft at the airport and operating a Gatwick service, as well as serving five other routes, signals a major ramping up of activity at one of the top employers in the Council area.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Councillor Thomas Hogg, said: “We welcome today’s announcement as Belfast International Airport is a vital and valued enterprise in this area. This development will see in excess of one million additional passengers using the airport and that, in turn, will create investment opportunities and welcome additional employment.”

Councillor David Arthurs, Policy and Governance Committee Chairman, also stated: “Seven hundred and fifty new jobs involving very little public money is a wonderful start to 2016. Both the airport and Ryanair are to be congratulated. This is an unmistakable vote of confidence in the airport and this Council area, and we will do all we can to support this and future expansion at Northern Ireland’s principal ‘gateway’.”