Northern Ireland

Belfast International Airport appoints Graham Keddie as managing director

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Image caption Belfast International Airport carries over four million passengers a year and flies to 70 destinations

Belfast International Airport has appointed Graham Keddie as its new managing director.

He will replace John Doran, who has been in the top job at Aldergrove since 2006, at the start of September.

Belfast International's owners Airports Worldwide said in a statement that Mr Doran was stepping aside for health reasons.

Mr Keddie has 25 years' experience in the industry and has held roles in the UK, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

He joins Belfast International from Hermes Airports where he was commercial manager for Larnaca and Paphos airports in Cyprus.

Increased competition

Belfast International Airport carries over four million passengers a year and flies to 70 destinations.

However, it has been seeking to attract new airlines flying to new destinations amid increased competition from both Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport.

Wizz Air announced on Tuesday it would start twice weekly flights from Belfast International to Katowice in Poland from March next year.

Earlier this month, the same airline also announced plans to start flying from Belfast to Vilnius in Lithuania.

Nine new routes have been announced at Belfast International this year by airlines including Easyjet, Jet2.com and Virgin Atlantic.

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