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Belfast Intl expect 'record year' after strong growth

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The head of Belfast International Airport is anticipating a record year with strong passenger growth and new routes being introduced.

Graham Keddie, the airport's managing director, was speaking after the figures for the first four months of 2017 showed passenger numbers up a quarter, year-on-year.

Since January, almost 1.73 million passengers have passed through the airport and as many as 5.6 million are expected by the end of the year.

The addition of further routes and the introduction of new trans-Atlantic services has also meant new jobs.

"2017 will be a record year and not just in passenger numbers," Mr Keddie said.

We will also write a new chapter in the history of the airport by exceeding 5,000 employees on our site with every prospect that many more will be added as the year progresses."

"Our performance is strong, and getting stronger. Our airlines are powering ahead with increased capacity, and the number of destinations they are connecting with is also expanding.

"Other employers at the airport are also recruiting new staff as we gear up for what will undoubtedly be the busiest summer season ever.