'150,000' make summer exodus from NI

Published Wednesday, 09 July 2014
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The summer holiday exodus from Northern Ireland is due to get underway, with Belfast International Airport expecting 150,000 passengers through its doors over the next two weeks.

The airport expects to deal with around 11,000 passengers a day during its busiest time of year.

Uel Hoey, Business Development Director at the International, says they are "fully prepared" for the influx in passenger numbers.

"This is our busiest time of the year and we're seeing an uplift in activity which reflects an improving economic climate," he said.

"As thousands are jetting off, thousands more will be arriving, so activity levels will be at an all-time high."

And it seems that people from Northern Ireland are fairly well-travelled, with a range of destinations around the globe proving popular.

"Popular destinations this summer include the traditional hotspots of Spain, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece, as well as New York, Florida, and Sharm el Sheikh," Mr Hoey added.

"New destinations this year include Bordeaux, Jersey and Corfu and they are all performing strongly. City breaks to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona continue to be a popular choice."

It comes as all passengers flying in and out of UK airports have been advised to charge their electronic devices before travelling, as part of new anti-terrorism security measures.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up, or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft."

Last week, authorities in the US ordered checks at international airports to be tightened over a threat deemed to be "credible".

According to reports, there are concerns that two terror networks are working together on a bomb that could evade existing security measures.

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JJ in Belfast wrote (206 days ago):
Most people getting away before the Orange marching season takes control of the province.
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