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Image caption Belfast International Airport is the greatest airport in Northern Ireland

The variety of travelers taking a trip from airports in Northern Ireland has actually increased by nearly 30% over the last 5 years.

New figures reveal that in 2015 practically 9 million guests took a trip through NI airports.

That is a 29% increase on traveler numbers at the area’s 3 airports because 2013.

Two million more travelers utilized Belfast International alone in 2015 than in 2013.

Overall, more than 6.2 million tourists utilized the worldwide airport in 2018, according to the Civil Aviation Authority figures.

“Increasing our traveler numbers by more than 2.2 million in simply 5 years is an excellent accomplishment,” a spokesperson for the International airport stated.

“Of course, a lot more might be accomplished without the problem of Air Passenger Tax (APD) and we will continue with our project to eliminate this extremely unreasonable tax that puts Northern Ireland airports at a huge downside to the Republic of Ireland where no comparable tax uses.”

Image caption City of Derry Airport is owned by Derry City and Strabane Council

The variety of travelers that have actually utilized City of Derry Airport has actually cut in half over the last 5 years.

Figures reveal that in between 2013 and 2018, the numbers utilizing the council-owned airport have actually fallen from almost 385,000 in 2013, to almost 186,000 in 2018.

An airport spokesperson stated the decrease is an outcome of decreased capability following the withdrawal of Ryanair’s London-Stansted service.

The Irish airline company previously ran a path in between the airport and Stansted however axed the flights in March 2017 .

“Operations of a double everyday civil service commitment path to London-Stansted started in May 2017, using more frequency to London-Stansted however less capability than the previous operator,” she stated.

At George Best City airport, there was a fractional drop in guest numbers in between 2013 (2.54 million guests) and 2018 (2.51 million guests).

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-48634248