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Questions raised over airport’s passenger limit

Local residents have voiced their concern at the decision by bmibaby to switch its operations from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport.

The umbrella residents’ group, Belfast City Airport Watch, says it will be asking the Department of the Environment whether or not the planned move will mean that the airport is, once again, breaching planning regulations.

“Only last month, the Assembly’s Environment Committee recommended that the airport’s stipulated passenger limit should remain in place for now,” said BCAW’s spokesperson, Dr Liz Fawcett.

“Committee members also voiced concern that the airport had, in fact, exceeded that limit in the 12 months to last July.

“The airport’s passenger limit is vital in terms of noise management, and we are worried about the implications of this move by bmibaby.

“Many people expected us to celebrate when Ryanair departed, but we knew it wouldn’t be long before other airlines moved in.

“What is needed is robust enforcement by the Department of the regulations under which the airport is supposed to operate, and that hasn’t been happening to date.”


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