Belfast rated popular Valentine's spot

Belfast rated popular Valentine's spot

Belfast has ranked among the most popular locations for Valentine's Day getaways, beating traditional romantic spots such as Venice or Paris.

A poll by London Gatwick airport has found travellers favouring Belfast, Edinburgh and Dublin as top places for their romantic breaks.

Venice, Rome and Paris all failed to make it into the top ten list of Valentine's destinations.

Instead, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin all feature in the most popular choices for getaways.

The most popular destination for those flying from Gatwick this week is Geneva followed by Amsterdam, with Edinburgh third, Belfast seventh and Dublin eighth.

Other top destinations include Barcelona, Grenoble and Dubai.

Nearly half a million passengers are expected to pass through the airport during Valentine's week.

Gatwick's terminals operations chief Nick Henderson said: "As usual, European mini break destinations are proving popular but it's interesting to see less traditional cities, like Belfast, hitting the spot for Valentine's breaks this year."


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