Belfast International Airport is on track to become Ryanair’s fastest growing base in Europe, according to the airline’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs.
Mr Jacobs made the prediction during a BBC Radio Ulster interview following news that Ryanair planned three new routes to Poland – Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw. The latest expansion will see three aircraft based at the airport, operating sixty flights a-week.
The 11 routes announced since January will attract well over one million passengers in the first full year of operation.
Mr Jacobs told BBC Business Reporter, Clodagh Rice, said the rise in the popularity of routes to Poland lay behind the decision to expand operations.
Mr Jacobs said: “For the coming year, Belfast will be the fastest growing base for Ryanair across Europe. To go from zero to over one million customers in a year is fantastic. And we see the possibility to do a lot more.
“Again, we’d be calling on the Northern Irish Government to remove travel tax (Air Passenger Duty), which I think they want to do, so it’s more (about) getting Belfast to call on London to remove travel tax because it does make flying people in and out of Belfast more competitive. We will do our bit and bring more people to Belfast if it is removed.”