City of Derry Airport is expecting more than 10,000 people through its doors by the end of the festive period, the local travel hub has revealed.
Extra staff have been drafted in to deal with the influx while scheduled flights are running at greater capacity, while Airporter in Derry is this week picking up 500 people a day from the Belfast airports and is reporting that it is busier than last year.
Local people have been returning home for Christmas from all the world, including as far away as Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, to spend the festive period with family and friends, Commercial and Marketing Manager at City of Derry Airport, Charlene Shongo stated: “As well as passengers, thousands of family members are expected to descend on the airport as they welcome their loved ones.
“We have extra staff on board to ensure the smoothest of journeys for all our passengers, however in the run up to the festive period and to accommodate the busiest period for the airport, we advise all passengers to check security restrictions before arriving at the airport. We would also encourage passengers to arrive at least 90 minutes in advance of their scheduled departure.”
Meanwhile, Airporter director Niall McKeever said extra buses have been deployed to deal with the Christmas influx.
He said: “We are seeing a lot of people coming from far off lands as well as from across the water. We have 15 daily trips coming from the airports down to Derry, that’s around 500 passengers a day. It’s up on last year.”