A new passenger airbridge has been opened at Belfast International Airport by Arlene Foster.
The tourism minister launched the £500,000 development, which is part of a £10 million investment project at the airport, today.
She said: "This new airbridge coincides with the fourth anniversary of Continental Airlines’ service to Northern Ireland."
The new airbridge will mainly be used by people flying to New York on the US-based Continental Airlines.
John Doran, managing director of Belfast International Airport, added that the launch today showed the airport’s commitment to improving passenger facilities.
According to airport figures, 78 per cent of tourists to Northern Ireland in 2008 arrived to the country by plane.
The £10 million revamp brings the total spent on the travel hub in the last five years to £35 million.
Bob Schumacher, senior director at Continental Airlines, said its customers would appreciate the "convenience and shelter" offered by the airbridge.
More than 1.5 million passengers are expected to travel through Belfast International Airport over June, July and August this year, according to figures from the travel hub.