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MP welcomes new Ryanair routes to Belfast

7 January, 2016 - by Paul Maskey

West Belfast MP, Paul Maskey, says he’s optimistic there will be job opportunities for people from the constituency at Belfast International Airport following the announcement Ryanair is to open a new base there.

The airline and the airport say the £300 million investment will create 750 on-site jobs and Mr Maskey believes there’s no reason why West Belfast cannot share in the employment uplift.

Mr Maskey added:

“I wish all those involved in this announcement all the best with this brilliant bit of news. We must now make people aware of the opportunities this announcement will involve.

“Our main focus is job creation and helping local businesses to develop. The airport has greatly assisted artisan food, gift and drink producers to promote their wares, and I would encourage local enterprises to look at what they are capable of providing.

“Building greater air access is essential to the north. The development of these routes will provide a wider choice of destinations for local customers while increasing the openness of this part of Ireland, building upon the huge tourism potential that exists which, in turn, will boost West Belfast and all that we have to offer.

“Given the importance of opening access to our markets and the tourism industry, this is a hugely positive step. I look forward to other routes being added in the future. One way we can work to secure this is to continue to address the issue of air passenger duty making a competitive market more sustainable.”

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