Departing Belfast City Airport Chief Executive Says He Believes Belfast City Airport's Business Levels Will Return To 2019 Levels In Less Than Two Years
Departing Belfast City Airport chief executive Brian Ambrose has said that he believes that Belfast City Airport's business levels will return to 2019 levels in less than two years.
As reported in February, Ambrose will retire this summer. According to The Irish News, his final day as chief executive of Belfast City Airport will be June 30.
Statements About Recovery Expectations
Speaking about his expectations for the recovery of business at Belfast City Airport following the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with The Irish News, Ambrose said, "Inbound tourism, especially from GB, will be the first to come back, helped by our magnificent terminal, which has been transformed in recent years and which is already looking to pioneer touchless technology.
"There's also a huge pent-up demand for visiting friends and relatives, which will also come back at pace.
"And then there's business traffic, which is a core element of our business. We're an island, so business people have no real option but to pop on a plane.
"Yes, there'll be changes after COVID, and companies may reassess travel arrangements, and, for some, meetings might alternate between virtual and in person.
"But people do business with people, and that face-to-face engagement is crucial.
"So there'll be changes. But when you combine it all together, I'm very confident we'll recover and exceed previous levels of business at a facility which is now geared to deal with four million passengers a year."
"On Stable Ground" Following Flybe Collapse
Ambrose also told The Irish News that Belfast City Airport is "now on stable ground" following the collapse of the airport's former anchor airline, Flybe, last year, with a core network of 24 routes to destinations in the UK and Europe, which are served by several partner airlines, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, British Airways and KLM.
The airport's flight services were previously reduced to one flight per day immediately following the collapse of Flybe.
Replacement Chief Executive
It is expected that recruitment firm Korn Ferry will announce a replacement for Ambrose at the end of April.
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