Belfast Telegraph - Emma Deighan

Belfast City Airport reported a 72% decrease in turnover last year — but its chief executive insists it is in a “strong position for significant growth”.

Brian Ambrose was speaking as the airport’s latest accounts for the period ending December 31, 2020 were filed. They also showed a 78% decrease in passenger numbers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airport remained open throughout the pandemic, but with just one daily flight to facilitate travel for essential workers. A total of 543,000 passengers used the terminal in 2020 compared to 2,457,000 in 2019.

Turnover of £6.3m and an operating loss of £6m was reported in 2020, compared to turnover of £22.6m and an operating profit of almost £3m in 2019.

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