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Belfast International Airport resumes first passenger flight on Monday

Budget airline easyJet is commencing a reduced flying schedule to eight destinations.

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Belfast International Airport is to resume its first passenger flight on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

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Managing director Graham Keddie said Belfast International Airport is ready to welcome back its passengers (Niall Carson/PA)

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The airport’s owners, VINCI Airports, has put in place new hygiene measures (Niall Carson/PA)
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Belfast International Airport is to resume its first passenger flight on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast International Airport resumes its first passenger flight on Monday following the coronavirus lockdown.

Budget airline easyJet is commencing a reduced flying schedule to eight destinations: London Gatwick, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Faro.

The Co Antrim airport has remained open for the arrival of freight supplies but said it was losing significant sums during a pandemic shutdown which has paralysed the aviation industry.

Managing director Graham Keddie said: “Belfast International Airport is ready to welcome back our passengers.

“To reassure them, and everyone, we are working in line with all international guidance to continue to provide essential connectivity for Northern Ireland.”

Recently the airport said up to 45 members of staff faced voluntary redundancy following the catastrophic dip in passenger numbers.

It has strongly criticised the UK Government’s 14-day Covid-19 quarantine period on travellers returning from abroad.

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Managing director Graham Keddie said Belfast International Airport is ready to welcome back its passengers (Niall Carson/PA)

The airport’s owners, VINCI Airports, has put in place new hygiene measures throughout its entire network to safeguard passengers and employees.

It said these measures will make it possible to gradually resume services in line with all appropriate safety conditions.

Mr Keddie added: “We have a number of new measures in place so passengers are able to travel.

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The airport’s owners, VINCI Airports, has put in place new hygiene measures (Niall Carson/PA)

“I know these may seem inconvenient initially, however, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all who pass through the airport.

“We would ask for the co-operation, patience and support of all passengers at this time.

“These rules are for everyone’s safety as we begin the journey towards an increase in passenger numbers and flights over the coming months.”

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