More Flybe flights is good news for tourism to Northern Ireland in 2016
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the expanded Flybe schedule of flights from GB to Belfast City Airport for summer 2016. It includes up to five daily flights from Liverpool, six flights per day from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as new services from Inverness and the city of Aberdeen.
More flights is good news and will certainly help boost leisure and business travel from the all-important GB market to Northern Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to Northern Ireland in 2016. We already work closely with Flybe and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of their flights from GB to Belfast. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Flybe, Belfast City Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for their flights – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”
Great Britain is our largest tourism market and the most recent NISRA figures show growth of +5% for the first half of 2015. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that tourism growth continues and the organisation has an extensive autumn campaign under way in GB – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Northern Ireland.
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
- In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 1.8 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £446 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.