Irish carrier Aer Lingus saw a 12 per cent increase in passenger traffic in June following the expansion of its aircraft fleet and establishment of its new base at Belfast International Airport, reports reveal.
New flights between the Belfast hub and a number of European destinations have fuelled a rise in the volume of passengers flying with Ireland’s second-biggest airline.
Neil Glynn, a transport analyst at NCB Stockbrokers, told Bloomberg: "The group continues to perform in line with our expectations, and summer demand levels remain robust on the whole."
Aer Lingus announced that passenger numbers increased by 13 per cent on short routes, and the airline serviced 958,000 people in June – up 7.6 per cent compared to the previous year.
The airline offers flights from Belfast International to destinations including Paris, Munich, Barcelona, Faro and Rome.