Northern Ireland

George Best Belfast City Airport: Year-on-year profits rise by 40%

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Image caption The airport handled 2.7m passengers last year, up by 5% on 2014

Profits have increased year-on-year by 40% at George Best Belfast City Airport.

The airport says it performed "exceptionally well" in 2015, with a growth in turnover and passenger numbers.

Its operating profit jumped to £3.3m.

The airport handled 2.7m passengers last year, up by 5% on 2014.

"The commencement of the KLM daily service to Amsterdam and Flybe's new services to London City and Liverpool witnessed passenger numbers steadily increase," said chief executive Brian Ambrose.

"We expect 2016 to be a strong year."

Its accounts also reveal £412,000 has been paid in professional fees related to a public inquiry on its seats-for-sale restriction.

The airport is seeking the removal of a 2m cap written into its original planning agreement.

Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard has yet to make a decision on the issue.

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