Friday, December 07, 2012

63% of air passengers prefer to use Belfast City airport, says poll

More than six out of 10 people in Northern Ireland would rather fly from George Best Belfast City Airport than its rival Belfast International Airport, according to an opinion poll. 

And more than half think that growth at the City Airport is important to Northern Ireland’s future economic growth. 

A recent LucidTalk opinion poll asked respondents which of Northern Ireland’s two biggest airports they prefer to fly from. 

The poll found that 63.2% of those asked said they favored the City Airport. 

Respondents were also asked whether they agreed or disagreed that growth at Belfast City Airport was important to Belfast and Northern Ireland’s future economic growth, given its current restrictions to passenger numbers and flights. 

The survey found that 31.4% strongly agreed and 24.6% agreed — a total of 56%. Some 23% didn’t know, 16.8% disagreed and 4.1% strongly disagreed. 

Belfast City Airport has been at the center of a row with government officials and regulators over restrictions on flight and passenger numbers.

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