easyJet has made history by ramping up the number of seats its planning to put on its three Belfast -London services to more than 500,000.
In real terms, the increase is more than 125,000 on the airline’s London services. easyJet will also add 160,000 seats to Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. Over 9,500 flights are set to take place to and from Belfast over the four-month period, providing 1,570,000 seats.
Belfast International Airport has said the easyJet expansion could lead to over 100 new aviation-related jobs in Northern Ireland.
Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Belfast International Airport, said: “This is a development of enormous importance. easyJet is Northern Ireland’s main airline and this news will see it reinforce its presence in the market.
“We’re delighted at this news which will see impressive levels of growth on all three London services. The airline offers a superb, price-sensitive product and its approach is clearly making significant in-roads on the competition. easyJet has achieved an historic milestone on its London services, and other domestic routes are also benefiting.
“Increasing the number of seats by close to a third will mean significant increases in airport activity. We are well equipped to handle such a tremendous increase which will bring benefits not only to South Antrim but Northern Ireland generally.
“This level of passenger traffic will generate real jobs in a sector that offers so much to the regional economy. In this instance alone, we will see upwards of 100 jobs created at the airport and in the supply chain.
“These jobs won’t cost the taxpayer a penny. They will generate up to £2,500,000 in wages and salaries and that will be a welcome boost for retailers. easyJet’s to be congratulated on this investment which will offer passengers even more choice and competitive fares.
“This is a good day for the airport, but an even better one for the Northern Ireland economy.”