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Belfast International Airport Celebrates Allster

By Dave Simpson
Belfast International Airport Celebrates Allster

Belfast International Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports network, is celebrating a year of success with local retailer Allster, which has a retail unit in the airport’s departures area.


Since they began working together a year ago, Allster and Belfast International Airport have supported more than 300 local artisans, food producers and manufacturers while promoting the creativity and quality that the region has to offer to over six million passengers, who travel through the airport each year.

Since its opening, the store has become a popular destination for travellers seeking authentic Ulster products, from locally made crafts and jewellery to artisanal food and drink.



“We are thrilled to have Allster at Belfast International Airport,” said managing director Graham Keddie.

“Supporting local businesses is a top priority for VINCI Airports, and we are proud to offer a platform for Allster to showcase the region’s amazing products. Twenty twenty-three [2023] will see us return to our pre-Covid passenger numbers, driven by the return of Ryanair and the expansion of easyJet routes. I am confident the airport now provides an unrivalled place for local businesses to be discovered and a unique experience for travellers.”

“Supporting local businesses is not only beneficial for the local economy, but also helps preserve the unique culture and heritage of the region,” said Eddie Holmes, the founder of Allster.

“Since I came home in 2017, after 20 years living abroad, I have been blown away by the quality and innovation on show in the area.

“Our vision is for Allster to be more than just a shopping destination for travellers. It is also an opportunity to show support for the local economy in Ulster by purchasing authentic products from local artisans and makers. By doing so, travellers can help create jobs and promote sustainable growth in the region by ensuring their spending continues to circulate in the local economy.


“We appreciate the opportunity provided by Belfast International Airport and look forward to continuing to provide travellers with high-quality products that support the local economy. It’s a unique location, where we can introduce these local products and brands to people who would otherwise be unaware of their very existence.”

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