easyJet, Europe`s biggest low-cost airline, carried 60% more passengers to and from Northern Ireland in August than it did in the same month last year.
During the month, 161,100 passengers flew to and from Belfast with easyJet, with the airline filling 90% of its available seats.
All five easyJet routes from Belfast (Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and London Luton) showed double-digit growth over the same month last year. In fact, the airline`s Belfast routes accounted for almost a fifth of its total passengers for the month, up from 10% on this time last year.
Go, which has now merged with easyJet, also tripled its passenger numbers to and from Belfast last month compared with August 2001. Go carried 63,159 passengers, filling 87% of its available seats.
These impressive growth figures illustrate the way in which the arrival of easyJet and Go in Northern Ireland have stimulated demand by offering a great-value, reliable service.