Belfast International Airport has just recorded its twenty-fourth consecutive month of double-digit passenger growth.
The airport is on target to achieve a record year when it will surpass 5.75 million passengers.
In June, 565,862 passengers used the airport, which is 14.5% up on the same month last year. More than 501,000 more passengers were recorded in the first six months of the year, bringing the total to 2.815 million or a growth rate of close to 22%.
For the first time ever, the airport achieved over one million passengers on one route, the popular Belfast-Gatwick which is operated by easyJet and Ryanair.
Twenty-four months ago, the June tally stood at 428,894. Last month’s performance means that on a straight like-for-like comparison, the airport has chalked up a growth rate of 32%.
Belfast International Airport, Managing Director, Graham Keddie, said: “We’re having our busiest ever summer season and strong monthly growth is being achieved.
“Twenty-four months of unbroken, consecutive double-digit growth is a remarkable achievement. It is a tremendous milestone, and more of the same is on the way.
“All of our airlines are reporting significant and consistent passenger loads and feel more than justified for their decisions to increase capacity.
“Holiday destinations are particularly strong. For example, Malaga is up 100%; Alicante, 63%; Faro, 42% and Palma, 22%.
“July, August and September will be characterised by similarly strong and very healthy growth. Growth translates into business and job opportunities.
“We’ve seen significant private investment in facilities by food and beverage providers and airside retailers, and that, too, will continue as they expand facilities.
“In the first six months of 2017, we’ve seen 250new jobs created on the site, and hundreds more will be added as we continue our growth trajectory.”