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07 Jan 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes new Ryanair route from London Gatwick to Belfast

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair to open a new base at Belfast International Airport and commence a new service from London Gatwick. The service – which will commence in March and operate four times daily – will help boost tourism to Northern Ireland from the all-important GB market.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to Northern Ireland, as we kick off our 2016 promotional drive – particularly given Ryanair’s statement to introduce additional flights this autumn. We already work closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new flight from London Gatwick 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.”

In 2015, we welcomed about 1.9 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland (+5% growth over 2014), contributing approximately £454 million in revenue to the local economy. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that this tourism growth continues and will roll out an extensive marketing plan around the world throughout 2016.


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 2015, we welcomed about 1.9 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £454 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2015, attracted about 16.5 million visitors.