Belfast City Airport Hotel on the drawing board

Hotel News - 03/11/2007

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Plans are in the works to build a new airport hotel near George Best Belfast City Airport.

Many expect that local residents will voice a strong opposition to the building plans. Residents are already displeased with the airport's current consideration of an extension to the runway.

Airport officials are still in the early stages of planning the hotel and have not made any official announcements about their intentions yet, although they are expected to do so before Christmas. A planning application is expected to be submitted to the government next year.

The most likely site for the new hotel is on the airport ground, next to the main terminal building. A short-stay car park currently occupies the space.

The airport's other plans are currently being reviewed by a judicial board. The extended runway proposal is at the heart of much debate.

Because the airport is located in a densely populated area of east Belfast, there are a large number of residents in the area affected by the aircraft traffic. Residents have gone to court in order to oppose the expansion plans which would increase the numbers of people flying from the airport.

Belfast City Airport certainly is growing, however, with over two million passengers expected to use the airport this year. Next week, Ryanair will launch new flights from the airport, drawing more people to fly from Belfast City.

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